It’s cool to be vegetarian right? Alternative food choices are all the rage, but when it comes to carnivorous plants, the standard has always been that they rely heavily on the nutrients that fat little mosquitoes, flies and other assorted insects.
Recently it’s been discovered that these plants with chompers are taking a lighter road, not to flatter their figure, but more so due to acid rain.
“The study, which is published in the latest issue of New Phytologist, noted how Swedish bogs that are traditionally populated with carnivorous plants have been affected by heavy acid rain. The increase in nitrogen has given the plant species so many nutrients they no longer need to eat insects.”
Our friends over at Inhabitat tell us that because of this change, that the plants could be burdened by having residual carnivorous traits and could be looking at extinction in certain areas. Poor sad bug eating plants, you’ll like salad for a little while. UNTIL YOU DIE. Well, only some of you. Evolution is a crazy thing.