User Tag List

Informational! Informational!:  0
Likes Likes:  0
Results 1 to 5 of 5

Thread: Pitcher choice by insects; height, color, size or nectar?

  1. #1
    An orchid fancier with a CP problem chibae's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    mid-Atlantic coast, USA
    Posts
    1,460
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Pitcher choice by insects; height, color, size or nectar?

    I have a N. red leopard that has a fairly tall main vine, which produces uppers, and two shorter basals. The main vine is twice the height of the basals, while the lower pitchers are easily twice the size of the uppers.

    Now, I have noticed over the weeks that this nep has been summering outside, that the uppers are crammed with deteriorating insects while the lowers remain empty.
    So, what is attracting them to the uppers? Pitchers higher up so they are noticed first? Sweeter smelling nectar? Does the smaller size matter? Or is it color as the uppers are green not the coloration associated with red leopard lowers.

    Thanks all
    It's a tough life being a Sarracenia farmer
    My Grow List http://www.terraforums.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=123776

  2. #2
    kulamauiman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Kula, Maui USA
    Posts
    1,921
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    need to ID the insects. if moths being attracted to the uppers they might just be reflecting more ambient light at night. maybe lighter to us they may have a different UV reflective profile.

  3. #3
    An orchid fancier with a CP problem chibae's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    mid-Atlantic coast, USA
    Posts
    1,460
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by kulamauiman View Post
    need to ID the insects. if moths being attracted to the uppers they might just be reflecting more ambient light at night. maybe lighter to us they may have a different UV reflective profile.
    Didn't detect moth wings or heads but can see yellow jacket bodies
    It's a tough life being a Sarracenia farmer
    My Grow List http://www.terraforums.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=123776

  4. #4
    Whimgrinder's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Posts
    3,875
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Newer pitchers produce more nectar. It might be that alone.

  5. #5
    I Am the Terror Of the Night! NemJones's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2014
    Location
    Zone 5
    Posts
    830
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Whimgrinder View Post
    Newer pitchers produce more nectar. It might be that alone.
    I was going to say the same thing because I notice that my newest pitchers are dripping with
    nectar, and the older ones loose their luster and glossy liquids on the peristome disappear.

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •