Sciarid fly trapped by sundew plant

Sciarid fly trapped by sundew plant

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Credit: DR JEREMY BURGESS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Sciarid fly trapped on sundew. Close-up of a small sciarid fly trapped by the leaves of the Australian sundew plant (Drosera alicia). The Australian sundew is a carnivorous plant which attracts and traps insects in its scented, sticky leaves. After the insect lands on the plant, it is firmly bound by the sticky juices on the tips of the tentacles (red). As it struggles, nearby tentacles slowly bend towards the victim, further entrapping it. Enzymes are then secreted which digest the insect. This mechanism supplements the diet of the sundew, which grows in mineral deficient areas such as uplands and bogs. Magnification: x2 at 35mm size.

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