No wonder insects find this sundew irresistible

@JudyEv (90266)
Bunbury, Australia
October 5, 2016 4:02am CST
I had to share this beautiful photo of Vince's of a sundew. There are at least 194 species of these and they are found in every continent bar Antarctica. The official name is 'Drosera' which comes from the Greek for 'dew' or 'dewdrops'. The common name 'sundew' is derived from the Latin for 'dew of the sun'. Both these names refer to the glistening drops of gooey stuff at the tip of each tentacle. I'm sure you've all seen examples of these plants with their sticky secretions. Insects are attracted to the mucilage and become trapped. Once digested, the insect supplements the poor mineral content of the soil.
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@Inlemay (17163)
• South Africa
5 Oct
First of all - tell Vince that is a stunning photo - just beautiful dewdrops and I love the Greek word - you know how much I love anything Greek!
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@xFiacre (9854)
• Ireland
5 Oct
@inlemay You're not even having to wait till Friday for something Greek this week!
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@JudyEv (90266)
• Bunbury, Australia
5 Oct
He has lots of nice comments on a wildflower FB site but I will certainly tell him. Thanks.
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@JudyEv (90266)
• Bunbury, Australia
5 Oct
@xFiacre Friday has come early this week.
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@LadyDuck (109247)
• Switzerland
5 Oct
Oh my Judy, this photo is beautiful, ma compliments to Vince. I am also not surprised that the insect are attracted by such a beauty.
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@JudyEv (90266)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Oct
The sparkles look like tiny diamonds. I can imagine an evening dress in these colours and covered in tiny sparkles.
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@LadyDuck (109247)
• Switzerland
6 Oct
@JudyEv I would love to have an evening dress like this, I love the colors.
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3 Jan
@LadyDuck I would feel like a princess wearing an evening dress made up of those tiny sparkling diamonds and those vibrant hues!
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@sueznewz2 (8771)
• Alicante, Spain
5 Oct
Please tell vince ...what a beautiful photo.... but I must admit... I feel a tiny bit sorry for the insect...ending up as soil mineral supplement....
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@JudyEv (90266)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Oct
Thanks I will. Some insects come to a sticky end, don't they? :)
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@sueznewz2 (8771)
• Alicante, Spain
6 Oct
@JudyEv indeed.... I would feel less sad...if a spider was to come to a sticky end...lol....
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@JudyEv (90266)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Oct
@sueznewz2 Haha. That's true. Maybe the sundew is nature's flypaper.
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@DianneN (53048)
• United States
5 Oct
Those are absolutely gorgeous as is the photo!
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@JudyEv (90266)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Oct
I think it is another one I could just about have on the wall.
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@DianneN (53048)
• United States
6 Oct
@JudyEv I believe you'll need more walls soon!
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@JudyEv (90266)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Oct
@DianneN That's very true. We might divide the house up a bit. :)
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@just4him (82000)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
5 Oct
Very interesting. Beautiful photo.
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@JudyEv (90266)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Oct
The individual flowers are tiny but blown up like this they look so lovely.
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@just4him (82000)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
10 Oct
@JudyEv Yes they do.
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@JolietJake (36483)
5 Oct
Actually, I don't think I have seen one 'in the wild' so to speak, just photos...and tell Vince that's a danged good one, by the way...
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@JudyEv (90266)
• Bunbury, Australia
5 Oct
Thanks, I will tell him. Maybe you just don't know what to look for - like us and the orchids. And they come in other shapes and colours so yours might look totally different.
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• Eugene, Oregon
6 Oct
What a way to go! We both found this interesting.
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@JudyEv (90266)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Oct
It is only tiny when it's on the ground but blown up like this it is just stupendous. Words nearly fail me - and that doesn't happen too often.
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@CoolPeace (1630)
• Miami, Florida
5 Oct
I never seen this before and it is beautiful.
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@JudyEv (90266)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Oct
In the wild the plant is very small and you don't take a lot of notice of it but when the photo was enlarged the detail is just lovely.
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@5thHouse (1706)
• Sheffield, England
5 Oct
The drops look very attractive. I thought they were raindrops at first!
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@JudyEv (90266)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Oct
This photo is blown up a bit but it blew me away - all the tiny, sparkling drops.
@teamfreak16 (32014)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
5 Oct
I've seen something similar in Panama, but not nearly as pretty.
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@JudyEv (90266)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Oct
Maybe if it were blown up it would be as pretty as this one. It is blown up here.
• United States
5 Oct
Whoa! That is a beautiful picture, I never heard of these flowers, I will have to look them up. And, I forgot to mention in my post, I love your new profile picture.
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@JudyEv (90266)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Oct
Glad you like the photo - and my new profile. Thanks. :)
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@Freelanzer (6068)
• Canada
5 Oct
So beautiful. Vince is quite the photographer.
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@JudyEv (90266)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Oct
It gives him something to do if he isn't so interested in what else is going on. :)
@acelawrites (9927)
• Philippines
5 Oct
It looks beautiful but deadly; could it be like the carnivorous pitcher plant?
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@JudyEv (90266)
• Bunbury, Australia
5 Oct
I think it is of the same family. There are many of these of various sorts.
@Platespinner (16773)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
5 Oct
I wonder what goes through an insects mind when it finds itself stuck in what it thought was going to be gooey deliciousness.
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@JudyEv (90266)
• Bunbury, Australia
5 Oct
I know a few people who have landed themselves in hot water in somewhat the same sort of way.
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@xFiacre (9854)
• Ireland
5 Oct
@judyev Clever nature. Isn't mucilage such a lovely word!
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@JudyEv (90266)
• Bunbury, Australia
5 Oct
Not in my book. I'm not fond of mucous or mucilage or any of its variations.
@TRBRocks420 (57301)
• Banks, Oregon
5 Oct
Pretty awesome looking sundew there, an insects apple pie lol.
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@JudyEv (90266)
• Bunbury, Australia
5 Oct
I can see an insect rubbing his legs together in anticipation of his 'apple pie'.
@Shavkat (42857)
• Philippines
5 Oct
That's a great snapshot. We don't have like this in my country. I just only appreciated through photos.
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@JudyEv (90266)
• Bunbury, Australia
5 Oct
The sundews come in many different shapes and forms. Mother Nature is very wily isn't she?
@SIMPLYD (73083)
• Philippines
7 Oct
Wow, that is just so beautiful , for a flower . I haven't seen one yet in real life . Do those dew on the tips fall off ?
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@JudyEv (90266)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Oct
Although it looks like dew, it is actually sticky. When an insect lands on the flower, it can't get away and the plant absorbs it as food.
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@SIMPLYD (73083)
• Philippines
7 Oct
@JudyEv Oh that is sad for the insects though .
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@JudyEv (90266)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Oct
@SIMPLYD It's a big tough world out there. :)
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@RitzzView (2583)
• India
6 Oct
Beautiful photograph. Are you the photographer?
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@JudyEv (90266)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Oct
My husband takes most of the photographs that I use although I am taking more and more myself now.
@JudyEv (90266)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Oct
@RitzzView This is one of Vince's. I wish it were one of mine.
3 Jan
The photograph is so beautiful! No wonder they provide for a wonderful attraction for those poor insects!
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@JudyEv (90266)
• Bunbury, Australia
3 Jan
That's true. What could resist them?
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3 Jan
@JudyEv Yes, indeed they are irresistible. Poor things they fall for such a fatal attraction.
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