I know I'm risking this thread being a bit of a joking fest but here goes....
I was doing a late night check last night on my glasshouse, and noticed that many of my neps were producing quite large amounts of nectar from the pitchers. *This is much more than usual and coinciding with a recent bout of rapid pitcher growth and increased pitcher size in many of my plants.
So... being a bit of a sniffer and taster I dabbed a few for a taste test. *Vetntricosa, Alata, Raff and a few others were as expected... syrupy and sweet with little other flavour.
However, I then tried a bit from a Maxima pitcher. *Wholly cow... what a nasty after-taste. *I can't explain what it was like other than very strong and kind of 'sickly'.
Now, I know most of you will have done the same thing but have you experience nectar that had a strong taste (other than the sweetness)? *AND... any thoughts as to why?
My best guess is simply to add to the attractiveness of the nectar, and therefore pitcher, to prey.