Carnivorous Plants Trap Evolutionism

Despite television, movies, and animated shows, the title of carnivorous plants is a bit misleading. When I did a search for whether or not the things eat animals, results went all the way up to the kingdom level; most carnivorous plants eat insects and only a few eat small mammals.

There are many aspects to carnivorous plants that cause problems for evolutionism. Some things about these plants are quite surprising.
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Many of these plants attract insects with nectar, then they spring their traps. (The New Jersey Pitcher Plant is very brazen, shouting out, "Hey bug! I got yer nectar right here!") These plants do not rely on prey for nutrients (they do not have a successful capture rate), but it does help photosynthesis in some cases. The digestive enzymes that convert insects to food are used for other things, such as drawing nutrition from "leaf litter" that falls down and other sources. It is interesting that they have symbiotic relationships with other organisms — some are great pals with bats.

Darwin's disciples evosplain it all away with "convergent evolution" and other obfuscations (also see "Evolutionary Circular Reasoning on Carnivorous Plants"). Some may challenge that carnivorous plants are a problem for the very good creation, but creationists have hypotheses to consider.

Carnivorous plants are classified as several different taxonomic orders, having a variety of trapping mechanisms. There are, however, a few principles that are broadly true across the groupings.
Most carnivorous plants grow in marshy, nutrient-poor soil. They have poor or totally absent root systems, meaning their ability to uptake nutrients from the soil is limited, so they require another source of nutrients. This is why their ability to capture prey becomes so important. When well-fed on insects, members of the genus Sarracenia, a North American pitcher plant, are much more efficient in the use of phosphorus, but, intriguingly, not nitrogen, both of which are required for photosynthesis.
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