Well-Nigh Wordless Wednesday: Eater of Insects

I thought I posted this last night, but apparently something went wrong!  Oops…

For this week’s Well-Nigh Wordless Wednesday, I give you the humble sundew:

sundew

Sundew

That lovely little plant is a fierce eater of insects.  They lure insects in with the promise of sweet nectar, but those droplets aren’t sweet at all!  Instead, they act like glue, trapping the insect so that the plant can slowly digest it.  What a crazy thing to witness!

Isn’t nature grand?

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12 thoughts on “Well-Nigh Wordless Wednesday: Eater of Insects

  1. I once found a sundew that had an Eastern forktail damselfly by the tips of the abdomen and wings. I confess to releasing the damselfly. After I photographed it.

  2. Maybe the inspiration for Wyndham’s triffids ?
    I always shudder a little when I consider the insectivorous plants, but they are real marvels of evolution aren’t they?

    • They’re wonderful plants! We’ve got several species in North Carolina and I’ll admit it makes me really happy to have a chance to see any of them growing out in the wild. They’re just fabulous!

  3. I love sundews. I first saw them on a nature walk and the teacher hadn’t heard of carnivorous plants other than Venus Flytraps. We rushed to the library to find out what these little insect-eating marvels were. Very fond childhood memories there.

    • What a great story Michael! I wonder how many kids would rush to the library to make a new discovery like that – and what an awesome thing to learn about in the first place. They’re marvelous!

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