I must have opened a controversial can of worms. I would agree with Fred P on this. From my research J.H. Mellichamp (1875) (not Darwin) conducted the first experiments showing evidence of the pitcher fluid hastening the decomposition of insects from his "kitchen" experiments w/ S. minor, then S. variolaris.
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Confirms what I originally said.
I wasn't around back then so I assume the truth will be difficult to determine,
and we will have to rely on those who documented their beliefs and findings.

So, was this the right answer?
Was the intent to find the correct or the agreeable answer?