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Ecological Section

Lawton, Leigh-Anne [1], Gravatt, Dennis [1].

Composition of insect prey of the pitcher plant Sarracenia alata from an East Texas bog.

THIS study analyzed Sarracenia alata (pitcher plant) leaves from East Texas to establish what their diets consisted of during periods without mass insect migrations. Leaves, approximately one year in age, were excavated from an East Texas bog in January 2006. Contents of the leaves were weighed and identified to determine local insect fauna captured by S. alata. Live specimens recovered were spiders, nematodes, various larval stages of flies, and several species of ant. Partially digested specimens included juvenile Anolis lizards, millipedes and members from the insect orders Coleoptera, Diptera, Hymenoptera, Hemiptera, and Lepidoptera. Results of the study showed that the diet of S. alata was not indicative of mass migration and may be representative of local insect flora.


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1 - Stephen F. Austin State University, Department of Biology, 13003 Sfa Station, Nacogdoches, Texas, 75962-3003, USA

Keywords:
pitcher plant
prey
Sarracenia
Insecta.

Presentation Type: Poster:Posters for Sections
Session: 48-52
Location: Auditorium/Bell Memorial Union
Date: Tuesday, August 1st, 2006
Time: 12:30 PM
Abstract ID:348


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