Tiny carnivores

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A detailed look at a few of the smaller carnivorous plants that grow naturally in the pine barrens of Long Island, NY. The first two photographs are trap details of the roundleaf sundew, Drosera rotundifolia, growing in a Sphagnum bog which floats on the slow-moving outskirts of a river. It is fascinating how the tentacles on the trap, can be seen bringing the captured prey into the center of the leaf for digestion. Bladderworts can have some tiny flowers, but also quite beautiful, when one peers into their world and views them up close. Here we see three different species of them, all growing on the sandy shore habitat of a coastal plains pond. Their carnivorous traps are hidden underground, consuming the minute creatures that swim through the saturated soil. The species are, (in order) Utricularia cornuta, U. resupinata and U. gibba. From the Summer, 2013 season.

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