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Flytrap traps fly [ Monday, 06 Dec 10 | 18:44 ]
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Several months ago I bought a Venus Flytrap, Dionaea muscipula, as Ruben had admired them. The Venus Flytrap is a carnivorous plant that catches and digests animal prey—mostly insects and arachnids. Its trap is formed by the end portion of the plant's leaves and is triggered by tiny hairs on their inner surfaces. When an insect or spider crawling along the leaves contacts a hair, the trap closes if a different hair is contacted within twenty seconds of the first contact. This redundant triggering serves as a safeguard against a waste of energy in trapping objects with no nutritional value (like fingers).

Originally I placed the plant next to the kitchen sink as it was easy to water. (Their natural habitat is bogs.) The problem is that here in Spain there aren’t many insects inside the home. So I moved the plant outside onto the terraza, where a literal jungle of plants exists replete with bugs. This past weekend we spotted not one, but two traps with flies. Here is one of them…

Flytrap traps fly

Photographer’s note: EXIF data intact.


[User Picture]From: maxauburn
Monday, 06 Dec 10 | 22:04 (UTC)

" Help Me!!!"

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[User Picture]From: ursine1
Monday, 06 Dec 10 | 22:40 (UTC)

Re: " Help Me!!!"

Coming soon to a theatre near you!

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[User Picture]From: mlr
Monday, 06 Dec 10 | 22:52 (UTC)
nice pic!
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[User Picture]From: ursine1
Tuesday, 07 Dec 10 | 04:59 (UTC)

nice pic!


The actual size of the trap and fly is about the same as the fingernail of my little pinkie.


Edited at 2010-12-07 05:23 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: stoicbear
Tuesday, 07 Dec 10 | 03:02 (UTC)
I always liked Venus fly traps. Except for the large, people eating ones.
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[User Picture]From: ursine1
Tuesday, 07 Dec 10 | 05:10 (UTC)


Along with the Venus Flytrap they had Pitcher plants, nepenthes and others for sale at a local "hypermarket" called Alcampo. I have found that many traditional flower shops and hypermarkets use the same sources for their plants. Curiously, here in Spain often there is little difference in pricing.

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