Carnivorous plants are plants which obtains most of their nutrients through trapping insects. They are a diverse group and can be on every continent except Antarctica. The main trapping mechanisms are pitfall traps, flypaper traps, snap traps, bladder traps, and lobster-pot traps.
Nepenthes, also known as Monkey Cups and Tropical Pitcher Plants, are a group of pitcher plants found mainly in Southeast Asia with a few species in India, Australia and Madagascar. They trap insects using pitchers which lure insects with nectar and bright colours. The insect will then slip into the pitcher and drown, before being digested by the plant's enzymes.
Here are some of my pitcher plants.
N. rafflesiana are very variable with different shapes and colours for each variety
N. Rafflesiana 'Kondo var Alata'
N. rafflesiana 'Bau Red Giant'
N. rafflesiana 'Kuching Squat Red'
N. albomarginata produces a white substance around the peristome(lips) of the pitcher. This substance attract termites, the primary source of food for it.
Black form of N. albormaginata.
N. albomarginata 'Cameron Highlands'
N. truncata, easily identified from its truncate/heart shaped leaves.
N. sibuyanensis, a very very fussy highlander (nepenthes are divided into lowlanders and highlanders). The mian vine rarely produces pitchers for me in my lowland conditions, but the basals (new growth from near the roots) are actively producing new pitchers.
And much more next time!