Creatures of the bogs

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In the habitats where carnivorous plants grow, many other interesting plants and animals are found as well. Some of these creatures can be just as fascinating as the carnivorous plants that are the focus of this project. Deep in the pine barrens region of Long Island, NY, there is a sandy trail that passes near a pond. Along this trail, the three species of native sundews grow, Drosera filiformis, D. intermedia, and D. rotundifolia. The bladderwort Utricularia cornuta also accompany them here. The first photograph was taken along this trail, and the subject is the mushroom Russula emetica. Also in the photograph is Hypericum canadense, which is the red plants, and the sundew Drosera intermedia. The second photograph is of the clubmoss Lycopodium appressum, with cranberry, Vaccinium macrocarpon, surrounding it, and the threadleaf sundew Drosera filiformis behind it. This location is in a dune swale, which dips to the groundwater that keeps the nearly pure-sand soil wet with freshwater. Small, stunted pine trees protect this meadow oasis from the desert-like conditions where this habitat is found. In the third and fourth photographs, we return to the sandy trail, where we see the clubmoss Lycopodium inundatum, and a species of Agelenopsis, known as the grass spider. For the final photograph, the eastern amberwing, Perithemis tenera, perches along the shoreline of a coastal plains pond where native sundews and bladderworts grow. As can be seen, any excursion to view carnivorous plants in their habitats, will undoubtedly reward the visitor with a great variety of other interesting flora and fauna as well. This can remind us of the rich ecosystems which often exist alongside our local communities, and which deserve our continued protection.

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