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#791 Death Awaits!
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My wife absolutely goes nuts when there is a fly in the house...so she bought a Venus Fly Trap plant and my assignment was to capture flies that come into the house and feed them to the fly trap....here is one that is still avoiding getting into a trap. However, the trap he is walking on contains one of his buddies. There is another trap that is back open after killing a fly and the fly is molding.

When the trap closes usually in less than 1 second it begins a process of digesting the nitrogen out of the prey, this usually takes on average about 17 days. After the plant is finished digesting, it opens back up and that section of the plant begins to die along with the molding of the prey.

In this photo a fly is walking on the leaves of a closed fly trap that is already starting the process of digesting its prey, there are other open traps waiting for the fly to walk into the open section where it will tickle or move a few of the sensors that the leaves have indicating that there is a prey in the trap.

It will only be a matter of time for this fly to become the plants prey as well.

Canon 5Dsr, 50mm f1.2, EF25 extension tube, f14, 1/400 sec, ISO3200 (shot through a plastic tube that surrounds the plant that has a clear lid as well.

©Herb 2017

Death awaits those that step into the mouth!

Dec 03, 2017 at 06:37 PM

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