Pink “teeth”

I’ve had this particular Venus fly trap for several years.  This is the first time I have ever seen the “teeth” turn pink.  That was new, and interesting I thought.

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We’ll have to be moving them back inside for the winter again soon.  But I’ll let them get a few more frosts.  Going into a dormant period is good for the long-term health of the fly trap.  But we have too many long stretches of very cold weather, to be able to leave them out year-round.  We are a bit colder than their native state of North Carolina.

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Lots of CP pics for today

The weather had been suitably humid, muggy and wet so we brought out my indoor carnivorous plants to play.  Ok, not to play.  😉   But to enjoy some “real” weather (sun, rain) and bugs.  Can’t forget the bugs!

This blog post contains Sundews, Venus fly traps, and lots of Pitcher Plants.

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Notice the hairs.  They are curved to help prevent caught insects from crawling back out.

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Next is a new growth on the pitcher plant, that has yet to fully open.
I love the color on it.

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That is Sundew to the right of it.

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Notice all the rain water caught in this next one.  It does not harm their digestive ability though.

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The next ones are also Pitcher plants and a small Venus fly trap in the right corner.

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More Pitcher Plant and Sundew:

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Hope you enjoyed them.  I think CPs are lovely plants.  Creepy, but lovely.  🙂

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Blue Mud Dauber vs. Venus Flytrap

For weeks now I’ve had a Blue Mud Dauber (Chalybion californicum) buzzing one particular Venus Fly Trap of mine.   It has amazed me how long it survived, given the fact that it was regularly on my fly trap plant.  Well today…  the fly trap won.

Usually I enjoy my CPs eating well.  But I was a little sad to see the blue mud dauber go.  They do not build nests like other mud daubers.  They re-use the abandoned nests of other species of mud daubers.  But what is most interesting to me about the metallic blue mud dauber (besides it’s color) is that they prey primarily on black widow spiders.  Making them quite useful to have around.  And it was the only one that I had seen this year.

R.I.P.  little blue mud dauber.  I should have photographed him while he was alive.  😉
But he never cooperated well with holding still.  Now all that is left of him is the hard parts of his body that the fly trap is now done with, having already closed, ate, and reopened.

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July 6th, 2009 – Venus Flytrap

So my carnivorous plants have been rather neglected while I’ve been on modified bed rest.  When I only have a limited amount of up and about time, I’ve had to prioritize.  And they haven’t fallen too high on the priority list.   As I’m sure can be witnessed in these photos.  Still, I got to get outside for a short bit today so I took photos of a handful of things, including one of my venus flytraps.

Here it is in bloom.  It was hard to get a good photo of the bloom because the wind was blowing a lot and the bloom is on a very tall stem.  This was the best I could get, given the wind.

July 6th, 2009 - Venus Flytrap bloom

July 6th, 2009 - Venus Flytrap bloom

and next is one of the base of the plant.  Complete with grass (!) growing in it’s pot.  Oh my.

July 6th, 2009 - Venus Flytrap

July 6th, 2009 - Venus Flytrap

At least two of the traps have a nice happy red color.
Notice the left overs from previous meals… the left over bits from a fly and a daddy long leg.