|Flytrap traps fly
||[ Monday, 06 Dec 10 | 18:44 ]
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.