Pitcher plants (Sarracenia purpurea), a species of carnivorous plant found in bogs, are often preyed upon by herbivorous insects. A study done by Moon et al. has suggested that ants indirectly deter this herbivory. The relationship between S. purpurea health and presence of ants was investigated by observing ant activity around plants, measuring the contents of pitchers, and recording average height, diameter and color of the plants. We found that plants without signs of herbivory were more likely to have ants in the surrounding area.
Grunzke, Danielle; Hawkinson, Anna; Stedman, Kathryn; Wagener, Jasmine.
The Original Ant-Eaters: The effect of ants on the health of Sarracenia purpurea.
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