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    Silly little Ants...

    If Ants had brains they would know putting their nest up under a large S. minor 'okee giant' probably isn't the best spot.

    I just came home from a cabin watching ants suicidal drop into S. purpurea ssp. venosa var. burkii and S. minor 'okee giant' they were all marching along and falling in at a non stop pace.

    Silly little creatures...
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    Well if your brain was wired to follow the pheromones you would march right in with out question. Its ok once it fills up they will be fine.

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    Lol,

    One of the S. minor 'okee giant' pitchers got so full it toppled over, yet, they still keep climbing up it and walking in.

    Madness.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NeciFiX View Post
    watching ants suicidal drop into S. purpurea ssp. venosa var. burkii and S. minor 'okee giant' they were all marching along and falling in at a non stop pace.
    LOL.
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    Sounds like that colony is going to be a victim of natural selection pretty soon. You should post pictures.

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    Reminds me of when these wasps kept cramming themselves into a S. flava pitcher, even though it was full to the brim. Crazy....

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    Too bad I have no camera!

    Indeed Drosera36, I had a plant that had 3 wasps crammed into it's thin pitchers. Silly wasps.

    Hundreds of ants are marching along the railing of the porch and have decided to put themselves in, not only the S. minor okee giant pot, but the S. leucophylla 'hot pink' and S. purpurea ssp. venosa var. burkii pots as well. I have one S. minor 'okee giant' that has toppled over from the weight of the ants, and a S. leucophylla 'hot pink' that has HUNDREDS (I looked into it and all I saw was a dark spot and hundreds of moving legs and bodies) of ant bodies in it, the pitcher is tipping repeatedly, I've had to balance it against other plants' pitchers. The pitchers are tipping over and leaning over the porch because of the ants, the S. purpurea ssp. venosa var. burkii pitchers fluid are a milky white with dozens of black ant bodies floating in there. My D. capensis is littered with ants and even one big one which rubbed the dew off of one leaf, barely escaping, minus a few limbs, then onto another, barely escaping again, and then it had almost no limbs and collapses on another dewed up leaf and was felled there. I used to see fly corpses in my Sarracenia pitchers, but, I see no flies or spider bodies anymore because of the ant massacre. My other Sarracenia are filled to the brim with ants and all my Dionaea are closed on ants, ants are drowned in the water bowls around the Sarracenia, and ants are going in groups of up to 10 to their own doom. Ants are stuck in the hairy hoods of some of the pitcher plants built this way, seemingly impaled, and are littered down into the depths of the dark pitchers where hundreds of dying bodies lay, like S. purpurea ssp. venosa var. burkii and S. x 'Bugscoop'. Yet their numbers seem unlimited as more spawn from the pots and hundreds continue to die and fall in, and hundreds more take their place.

    I have never seen such a massacre of life at one time.
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    Well at least they are getting fed. Poor ants.

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