Feb. 11, 2017

Venus flytrap, Dionaea miscipula

Anybody know what this has to do with Venus? I can't imagine. Watch out for Audrey! We're all fascinated with carnivorous plants. None more so than this. It is fun to watch it spring shut on unsuspecting sticks and straws. Not so much on flies. In nature, it's main diet is terrestrial bugs like ants and spiders, and only 5% flying insects. I was inspired to include it today when Anne sent a very interesting link about convergent evolution in carnivorous plants. (https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-plants-evolved-into-carnivores/ ) The flowers are about 1/4 inch, or often smaller in home grown specimens. Found in subtropical wetlands in FL, NC(SC), SC, and introduced to NJ. Matthaei Gardens, University of Michigan, 4/30/16