Hungry for Bugs: Carnivorous Plants Dine at CHF

Carnivorous plants

Venus fly traps cultivated by Martha Miller. Photograph by Conrad Erb.

Joe Rucker, biochemist and carnivorous plant enthusiast, serves dinner to a handsome crew of terrarium-enclosed insect eaters while explaining what makes these plants tick (or fly). The plants were cultivated by Martha Miller, educator and carnivorous plant expert.

Martha Miller is a self-taught proponent of native species of carnivorous plants and regularly gives workshops and lectures. She has won numerous awards at the Philadelphia Flower Show, including Best of Day and the Meadowbrooke Farm Trophy.

Joe Rucker is director of research and development at Integral Molecular. He holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley.

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