Do plants eat insects?
Yes they do! There are many such meat-eating or carnivorous plants, which trap insects and feed on them in order to obtain nitrogen, which they are...
Yes they do! There are many such meat-eating or carnivorous plants, which trap insects and feed on them in order to obtain nitrogen, which they are unable to get from the soil. The Sundew plant or Drosera arises from an underground tuber with a single stem, and has 5-6 leaves. Each leaf is covered by stalks or tentacles that have glands which release sweet red liquid that looks like dew and attracts insects.
When an insect touches this sticky dew, it gets stuck and the leaf either rolls up, or the tentacles grab the insect and bind it tightly, trapping it completely. The leaves then release digestive enzymes from other glands, to dissolve the insect body and absorb its nutrients. Sundew plants are found all over the world, even in India! Other such carnivorous/insectivorous plants are the Pitcher plant (Nepenthes), Venus Fly Trap and Bladderwort (Utricularia).