FRANCIS CHEE / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY FRANCIS CHEE / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Timelapse footage of a Cape sundew (Drosera capensis) capturing an ant. The Cape sundew is a small, carnivorous species of sundew that is native to South Africa. It attracts insects with drops of sweet-smelling liquid on its leaves. In this footage an ant becomes stuck to the highly adhesive tentacles (red) of the plant. The surrounding tentacles then trap the ant, and the entire leaf can be seen curling around it. Glands on the leaf then release digestive enzymes and the insect is digested by the plant.
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