Category: Nature Photography
Posted: August 9, 2020

Damselfly caught on sticky tips of Sundew plant

Caught By Sundew Plant

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On this particular day I was out to capture the elusive sundew plant. I only know of one bog near me (10 miles) where this plant grows. A Sundew is an insectivorous plant that grows in bogs. I usually find them surrounded by thick sphagnum moss. I would say this image shows the ones I an enlarged rate of about 70%, The image was cropped for a better view. Sundew leaves are covered with tiny bristles...each one containing a sticky droplet at the end. The droplet might have a sweet taste that attracts insects. ONce an insect steps on the leaves the sticky hairs fold downward capturing their prey. A damselfly like this would not be attracted by the sweet droplets but would have unknowingly landed on it as a resting spot. This beautiful damselfly was an unexpected but sad find for me. The long slendor insect would have touched so many of those sticky bristles ( with wings, legs and abdomen) there would be no way for it to escape.
Post Type: Photography
Mixed Media: None Crop of image

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