Saturday, October 25, 2014

A thief among the Sarracenia

I went out today to water my Sarracenia and I found a tricky thief laying in wait on Sarracenia leucophylla (Hurricane Creek, AL).

Preying mantis on Sarracenia leucophylla.
This is a lazy freeloading mantis.
It took a while for me to get a shot in focus and the little guy was getting a little antsy, so I don't have any better close ups. Hope he catches a couple snacks!

Also outside is my Venus fly-trap (Dionaea muscipula), which is all kinds of confused. It's growing a bunch of spring traps and is in flower.

Venus fly-trap (Dionaea muscipula) looking fabulous.
A grim warning to careless insects.
Dionaea muscipula (Venus fly-trap) flower.
Pretty cute! I should clip it before the seeds form at least.
On the one hand I'm pleased to see it looking so good, since it had kind of been sulking over the summer. On the other hand the flower stalk is draining energy from the plant (I should have clipped it), and winter is coming. Our winters are pretty mild though, and it's catching lots of prey, so I suspect it'll be fine. This is a tissue culture plant too, which might account for some of its weird behavior.

Finally, the Dionaea 'B-52' that I bought from Brie a month or so ago seems to be settling in and has a bit of new growth.

Dionaea muscipula 'B-52' (Venus fly-trap).
Getting settled in it seems.
Really looking forward to seeing the big time traps in spring!

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