Andreas Fleischmann pointed me towards a very interesting article concerning the ant - plant relationship of N. bicalcarata:
Merbach M, Zizka G, Fiala B, Merbach D, Booth WE Maschwitz U(2007) Why a carnivorous plant cooperates with an ant:- selective defense against pitcher-destroying weevils in the myrmecophytic pitcher plant Nepenthes bicalcarata Hook F. , Ecotropica 13: 45-56 2007
Through experiments they show that the ants living in the tendrils of Merbach M, Zizka G, Fiala B, Merbach D, Booth WE Maschwitz U(2007) Why a carnivorous plant cooperates with an ant:- selective defense against pitcher-destroying weevils in the myrmecophytic pitcher plant Nepenthes bicalcarata Hook F. Ecotropica , in press. Camponotus schmitzi protect the plant against damage of weevils (Alcidodes sp.).
At the last page of an older article by A. and M. Merbach is already a picture of this weevil:
Bloody Bical - now that's an interesting article, and not only for the pop-sci-inclined amongst us (like me). Unfortunately, I'm not an English native speaker and could only attempt to translate this roughly at best. Seriously, this is the most fascinating piece I've come across in a long time, and somebody SHOULD translate this into English. Hey phissionkorps, aren't you on leave? :-) We could do this together. You be the native Englisher, I'll provide my secret dickshenerries!
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Post by nepenthes369 on Aug 14, 2007 3:12:42 GMT 7
Rainforest I've noticed the same thing with my truncata's but more so with the large one I last bought from you, it had a nest of the black ants right in top of the peristome where the ridges tend to press up agaist eachother about 2 cm below the glandular crest. The specie of ant that I've witnessed is most commonly seen inhabiting the chinese banyon trees on the islands and either the same specie in Okinawa or a similar specie. It's so interesting to see other creatures helping eachother for survival.
Post by phissionkorps on Nov 7, 2007 0:42:51 GMT 7
First page: (I did this in about 5 minutes, so I'm sure my translation isn't exactly the business).
In Search Of Food In the Event of Death About the oddities of the diet of the carnivorous pitcher plant Nepenthes albomarginata
(left graphic): The distinctive feature of the approximately finger sized pitchers of Nepenthes albomarginata is that they posses the ability to metabolize [nutrients]: beneath the rim of the pitcher, a white, hairy ring can be found that acts as a lure for termites of the subfamily Nastiturermitinae.
Carnivorous pitcher plants [use] pitfall traps. They attract their prey mostly with nectar, colors, and sometimes also scent on the slippery rim (peristome) of their pitfall traps. They prey consists of ants, but also beetles, crawling ( should be kriechen?), and flying animals that search for nectar. The diet of the Bornean, Sumatran, and peninsular Malaysian native species Nepenthes albomarginata is unusual. Researchers have already found large quantities of termites in the pitchers; but none of [the researchers] have given a reason for these observations, but they were sure it was not simply chance/coincidence, because termites aren't a usual type of prey of pitcher plants. Termites don't care about nectar or sweets, and they don't see colors or patterns, because the workers are blind. In our research of the ecology of the pitcher plants in Darussalam, Brunei (North Sumatra), we stumbled upon Nepenthes albomarginata. It was almost immediately apparent that termites play a special role in the diet [of N. albomarginata]. The result of the census of the prey is more than just exceptional: either you find no termites in the pitchers - the catch is a few ants and other rather inconspicuous insects - or there are hundreds, even thousands. (Intermediates) between [these two cases], with a few exceptions, are not found. The record is more than 6000 termites in a single, barely fingerlength pitcher. Another notable thing: all of the termites a pitcher are in a state of decomposition that [makes it] appear as if [digestion] started on all of them at the same time.
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