Monday, May 15, 2006

Feeding time...

My carnivorous sundew (Drosera rotundifolia) is getting bigger now as spring is well underway. In fact, it's now big enough to handle this fly that I caught for it this morning. I keep it indoors, so have to feed it myself :)
I took this photo through a geologist's hand lens, so the fly is really only 4 mm long. Over the next few hours, the glandular tentacles, each with a sticky blob of nectar, adhesive compounds and digestive enzymes at their tips, will slowly but inexorably fold over the fly and consume it alive.

So, question... what's the worse way for a fly to go: spider or sundew?

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Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Long-awaited bloom

Finally! My bird-of-paradise plant (Strelitzia reginae) has, after several years, decided to flower. The flower started emerging from the bract last week and there's still more to come! Sweet.

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