A Plant did what? It's no surprise that bugs eat plants and there's even a plant that eats flying insects called the Venus flytrap. But are there other carnivorous plants lying in the wake for an unsuspecting victim? Pitcher plants are among those that can digest insects. One species of the pitcher even has fangs and uses insects to digest insects. Mind blown yet? These plants are shaped like pitchers with the rims slippery so insects can fall into the fluid inside where they drown and are digested. But the fanged specimen is different because there is no slippery edge and recruits ants as permanent tenants. Obviously a plant-ant alliance is in the works but what are the benefits for the plant exactly? Vincent Bazile from Universite Montpellier II has found that the fanged pitches produced leaves three times bigger than those without plants and colonies were bigger with the leaves. With the ants there, the plant gets enough nutrients for a healthy growth thereby providing more nectar for the ants as both grow bigger. Bazile also found that the ants contribution to their beneficial relationship lie with feeding the plant their feces, transferring the nitrogen from their harvest, thereby giving the plant the nitrogen it needs. Thus, having the ant digest its food before it digests the feces. Indeed, almost fifty percent of the nitrogen the plants gets comes from the poop of ants. There is evidence to support this as other plants species use others as a second stomach, such as the flycatcher bush in South Africa, or the Heliamphora. The latter uses bacteria and the former uses tiny insects. Because of this unique way of digesting, scientists argue that these plants are true carnivorous plants because of the reliance on others for food and lack of self-sufficiency.  But on the other hand these species tend to be more long lived than their cousins who don't get enough nutrients and waste most of it producing the lures of the traps. What do you all think? There is no doubting the successfulness of this endeavor but how do you categorize the plant because of its adaptation in nature? https://blogs.discovermagazine.com/notrocketscience/2012/05/09/meat-eating-plant-digests-insects-using-ants/#.VPIxOvl4og8