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Carnivorous Plants

August 15, 2014 , , ,

While the butterfly exhibit is on hold for the summer the Tucson Botanical Gardens has a small but impressive display of flesh eating plants in the tropical greenhouse. It is easier to handle since the USDA does not require full time guards as they do on the butterfly species.  The small and well appointed display teaches us that there are many forms that plants use to lure in insect prey for their food.  We know about some of the obvious styles, like fly trap and pitcher, but the cute little flowers on bladderwort and butterworts are there to attract the insects that will be killed and consumed when stuck to the flypaper type leaves.  The diminutive sundews produce extra sticky dew drops that never release the bug that gets too close.  They are all botanically interesting and some very pretty to see.  Imagine the poor bug’s life ending as it is called to investigate one of these exotic traps.  Survival depends on more than fitness of body.  In the wild we must have the good sense to leave attractive menaces alone.

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These are amazing! I was just thinking of getting some venus fly traps to help my cause at home haha!

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travisthetraveler

August 15, 2014

I am surprised at the variety. The fly traps have to be in glass cages here because it is too dry for them in the air.

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mermaidcamp

August 15, 2014

Oh, they would be perfect where I am. The humidity never drops below 75%! It is kind of annoying but I have been finding the advantages. Hope they don’t mind looking at snow out the window almost half the year…

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travisthetraveler

August 15, 2014

That would probably suit them fine.

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mermaidcamp

August 15, 2014

wow, I never realised there was more than a fly trap!

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London-Unattached.com

August 16, 2014

AS I was scrolling through the images I wondered if that was in your backyard OR in this botanical gardens. Guess I got my answer. Sounds/looks like a lot of fun!

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Stevie Wilson (@LAStory)

August 19, 2014

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