March 2, 2013

awkwardsituationist:

sundew (drosera) consuming a syrphid fly

As I’m sure you know carnivorous plants do not actually have nerves and muscles which allow them to close around (and then slowly consume) insects. The actions you see above are accomplished through a complicated chain of events wherein different cells within the plant expand and elongate to capture the prey. And yet somehow, this knowledge doesn’t make it any less creepy! ~AR

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