Living With Camponotus schmitzi

Nepenthes bicalcarata, Home to the Swimming Ant
Photo: David Sucianto

Camponotus schmitzi, found on the island of Borneo only lives in the pitchers of the Nepenthes bicalcarata pitcher plant. The pitcher plant has a relatively weakly acidic digestive fluid that allows the ants to dive into the water and retrieve prey captured by the pitcher.

The ants collect only the largest prey, leaving the smaller prey for the pitcher plant. Larger prey is digested more slowly by the pitcher plant. Large…

Source: Living With Insects Blog

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