Pitcher Plants have no moving parts, yet they capture some of the most prey of any carnivorous plant. Their pit-fall traps are very effective in design, and work remarkably well, capturing more and more insects as the season progresses. Best in Fall.
In this inquiry investigation, students dissect a variety of mature pitchers to explore the trapping mechanism and measure and analyze the trap's efficiency. Students draw deductions on the variables they measure, and end with a good understanding of how pitcher plants work in greater detail than simply reading about it.
This series of carnivorous plant lab investigations is based on scientific inquiry standards of the National Science Education Standards, and are consistent with State Learning Objectives. Students have the opportunity to think and act like scientists during these investigations. Written and classroom tested by Michael Szesze, Awarding Winning Science Teacher (source).
note: Sharp scalpels will be used during this program. Any children under the age of 10 will need individualized assistance from a parent or guardian.