Heliotropism ** is one intelligent way to manage their food source but some carnivorous plants have evolved to devour living prey, yet do so in a way that still allows these bugs to pollinate them. “Predatory, carnivorous, competitive and as self sacrificing as their animal neighbors.
A vegan’s worst nightmare!” So What are the plants saying? A Lovely and rather long philosophical UTube production!
Instead of one brain, their root apexes work together in one complex network and often share micro-organisms with other trees, making them truly a joined community instead of a green ‘Island’ standing alone. Some of this actually can be called bio-warfare as the plant can manufacture chemicals to ward off insect attacks.
They also create symbiotic alliances with some insects to protect them. If the plant is attacked, their ‘hommies’ rush to defend them. If they do not they lose their home and food source.
Enjoy, and now I must get back to the chopping and dicing of the hemoglobin impaired.
(C) Herb Senft 2015
** On Heliotropic twist. I had always wondered about the fate of Alaskan Sunflowers who would literally twist their heads off following the Alaskan sun.