After growing carnivores for a while, you’ll notice how many insects they attract! Usually these insects are lured in by the plants’ scents and sweet nectar to meet their fate as food.
Others slightly higher up the food chain notice the insect feeding ground and want in on it, too! The unlucky ones become food too, like these unfortunate spiders.
But a few have either the intelligence or adaptations to live peacefully with the carnivores and not become prey themselves. Here’s a few of the smarter critters I’ve found living among the carnivorous for longer than a single day!
This cute baby mantis made its home near the top of my biggest Sarracenia flava var. cuprea pitcher. Nice choice in real estate, little guy (or girl?)! I love mantids! I really wish more of them hung around the garden.
I’m not sure what species this white spider is (any entomologists out there know?), but I’ve seen a couple of them hanging out on the Sarracenia. I know jumping spiders are pretty common carnivorous plant companions, but they’re often too small and quick to get a good photo! These guys are bigger and are more into staying still for the camera.
Again, not an entomologist, but this little guy was cool-looking! Look at that eye, and the two tails! Perhaps a damselfly or dragonfly nymph?
These orange and black beetles are pretty common around here. I’m not a huge beetle lover like The Beetle Girl, but his face is kinda cute!
Snail! Not an insect, and more of a pest than the above critters, but I do have a soft spot for snails. I don’t usually see them on my pots because I keep them off the ground. This one was found under the lip of a water tray, probably trying to escape the rain a while back!
Snails have cute faces too, so I took a couple shots of its eyes extending.
What kind of visitors do you get hanging around your plants? Are most of them friends or foes? Tell me all about ’em in a comment!