It seems a little sadistic to be fascinated by what my droseras have trapped for their meal, but they seem to do this so well.
If I were an insect, I too would be drawn to the titillating drops of dew on the droseras. The poor things never had a chance.
I’m fascinated by the drosera capensis leaf that curls slowly around its hapless prey. It’s much like wrapping a sushi, but long before we figured out how to do so, Nature had already perfected the art.
When its poor victim fails to tear itself from its gluey trap, the small paddle-like leaf closes tightly around it.
Each closed leaf resembles a tiny clenched fist.
Even the alicaea, the new kid on the block, had gotten into the thick of things and snared a light snack for itself.
Further down the rack, a housefly had fallen victim to the brumanii. When I saw the size of the fly, I wondered if the brumanii had bitten off more than it could chew. Let’s hope it doesn’t get indigestion.
Imagine sitting still, waiting for a meal to fall onto your lap. One has to be really patient. Much like the spider lying in wait for a fly ….
Care and cultivation: media is a mix of sphagnum peat moss, sand and perlite 1:1:1; sit pot in a waterdish; semi to full sun; shield from rain; propagate using seed or leaf cuttings.