Anne Elliott

Anne Elliott

Posted on 08/01/2014


Photo taken on July 29, 2014


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Well, my morning just started off with a Blue Screen of Death on my computer! Thankfully, it seems to have worked OK after turning off my computer and then turning it back on. I think my heart is still beating fast! I wonder if it had anything to do with getting four comments in a row on one of my photos last night, each one was just a string of jumbled letters. I did delete them immediately and also blocked the person.

This is a macro shot of a leaf tip belonging to a Venus Flytrap plant. Sometimes, the trap closes and stays closed for no obvious reason, as in this case. I'll add a previously posted photo of an open trap, and of a white flower, in a comment box below.

"The Venus Flytrap, Dionaea muscipula, is a carnivorous plant that catches and digests animal prey—mostly insects and arachnids. Its trapping structure is formed by the terminal portion of each 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 strike. The requirement of redundant triggering in this mechanism serves as a safeguard against a waste of energy in trapping objects with no nutritional value."

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venus_Flytrap

David Attenborough looks at how this well known carnivorous plant captures its prey. This short video is from the BBC.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktIGVtKdgwo

This is a long weekend here in Canada - Monday, 4 August 2014 is Heritage Day. Have a good, safe holiday, everyone!

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YveC
YveC
Stunning closeup. Thanks for the info, too. We had a Venus flytrap in our polytunnel but unfortunately it died - not for lack of food, though!
3 years ago.
Cats 99
Cats 99
Wow! Wow! Wow!
3 years ago.