That is really funny. I wonder why they use it as a toilet?
That is great! Not only are they carnivorous but they are now branching into waste management!
They don't go there to use the pitcher as a toilet. They go to lick the nectar off the lid. As stated in the article "form follows function" they intake and then output!
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I think that's crap.
That's amazing! but this isn't what i expected would evolve to get poop, i was leaning more towards N. jamban this is what they should be pooping in: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...N._jamban1.jpg seems more appropriate to me than in a Lowii
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Once again, leave the NY Times to remain on the cutting edge of science -- Peter D'Amato mentioned the so-called "novel nitrogen sequestration strategy" as far back as 1998 in The Savage Garden with the caption under a shot of Nepenthes lowii, "Tiolet Bowl for Birds?"
"Charles Clarke has observed birds and shrews feeding on the "eggs," [congealed "beads" of nectar on N. lowii] while their excrement falls in the pitcher!"
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The Times isn't exactly a botany journal, Bella. But I also found it kind of odd that this was running as "news" - perhaps this is in response to some research confirming that shrew poo is a major part of N. lowii's diet? In the past, I've always heard it cited as more of a speculation; it was observed but not known to be an important part of lowii's life strategy. Or maybe they were just looking for some weird science to use in a public interest piece.
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