Pitcher plants at Pocosin Lakes

Published 8:45 pm Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Portions of Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge provide the “right stuff” on which pitcher plants can grow. The pitcher plants in this photo are just one species of more than 700 unique plants on earth that are carnivorous. The plant traps insects that slip down its long-tubed stem. Liquid enzymes and bacteria help dissolve the bug into nutrients that become plant food.