This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V23", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
B. says: "In regard Insect-eating Plants, p. 27. On the other side of this question I have to mention the fact that in collecting Sarracenias, the odor of putrescent animal matter from the insects caught by the leaves is often quite an unpleasant feature "
[If B. will examine carefully he will find that in some cases there are insects in the pitcher that could hardly have walked or flown in. The writer has seen ants in the pitchers when the plants have grown on sphagnum tussocks wholly surrounded by water. He will also find in the pitchers the living larvae of several species of insects, and he will then see that there is a possibility that though some of the insects may have been entrapped by the pitcher, there is some show of justice in Sir James Edward Smith's suggestion, now near three-quarters of a century ago, that the bulk of the insects are placed in the pitchers by predatory insects as food for their own young, and not as food for the pitcher plant. That a nauseous smell should escape from the pitcher is rather in favor of the idea that the putrescent matter is not taken up by the plant, or it would not escape in this form. - Ed. G. M.]