Here is a quick and shallow introduction to the world of carnivorous plants. It is like an oxymoron, a a vegetable that eats meat. But they do exist! These plants are normally found in the tropics. Malaysia is blessed to have a few of these insect eating plants. Take a hike along most nature trails, keep your eyes peeled open and you can see them growing high on the trees. They don’t grow high, they climb on taller trees to go higher.
The picture below is your everyday pitcher plant. The pitcher, contains a liquid that dissolves insects. It is not instant fizzle, it takes a long time to dissolve. There is a leaf like cover on top of the pitcher opening. I don’t know who got the idea but NO, the cover does not close when the insect falls into the pitcher. Why cover and stop insects going in when the more insects that fall into it, the happier it is.
The picture below is also a pitcher plan, but these are from the Americas.
Below is a typical Venus fly trap. When an insect lands on the “leaf”, it will close and catch the insect. These apparently are not local to Malaysia and they are imported for home cultivation. Some people find these cute. They are not big plants. Quite small actually.