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Fly being digested by sundew leaf

Fly being digested by sundew leaf

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CLAUDE NURIDSANY & MARIE PERENNOU / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY CLAUDE NURIDSANY & MARIE PERENNOU / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Fly caught in the sticky leaf of a carnivorous common sundew (Drosera rotundifolia) plant. Glandular hairs on the leaf secrete a sticky liquid with a fragrance that attracts insects. The insects get stuck on the glands, which then bend to the middle of the leaf to enclose the prey. The glands secrete digestive enzymes to break down the prey's body and the plant absorbs the nitrogenous nutrients that are released.

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