Carnivorous plants are few and far in between, and all of them took a similar evolutionary turn to develop their meat-eating habits.
Researchers discovered that carnivorous plants such as the Venus flytrap can count. This is likely their way of avoiding false alarms and making sure they have captured a juicy bug before releasing their digestive enzymes.
Nature is full of unexpected pairings. Some are just interesting, like when long-billed birds clean the mouths of hippos. Others are clearly one sided, like in the case of jellyfish-surfing lobsters. However, the unusual attraction between pitcher plants and bats might just take the cake for most disgusting partnership in the natural world.
"Remember to eat your veggies, or you won't get desert." That's a common line heard by children everywhere. That's because as omnivores, we humans understand the importance of a balanced diet. Now it appears that "carnivorous" plants may understand this too, mooching on other veggies to supplement their diets.