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Ant Invasion!

A few days ago, I noticed that some of my Nepenthes had started producing an exceptionally large amount of nectar. Some of them had visible, glistening droplets covering their pitchers. It was so striking that I snapped a couple pictures:

Nepenthes maxima upper with nectar
Nepenthes maxima upper with nectar
Another N. maxima pitcher with nectar droplets

Well I wasn’t the only one to notice this. The next morning I arrived at a very different scene. Ants had invaded the greenhouse, and were feasting on the abundant nectar:

Ants feasting
Ants feasting

I started looking around and noticed clusters of ants all over my plants:

Another Nepenthes maxima

Nepenthes ovataNepenthes ovata


This Nepenthes sanguinea seemed especially popular:



However, a meal this good is not without risks:



I also made a quick video of the ants swarming the above Nepenthes maxima, and being devoured by the hundreds: