Sundews..............another view of this sticky insect catcher by shepherdmanswife

Sundews..............another view of this sticky insect catcher

Sundews are characterised by the glandular tentacles, topped with sticky secretions, that cover their laminae. The trapping and digestion mechanism usually employs two types of glands: stalked glands that secrete sweet mucilage to attract and ensnare insects and enzymes to digest them, and sessile glands that absorb the resulting nutrient soup (the latter glands are missing in some species, such as D. erythrorhiza). Small prey, mainly consisting of insects, are attracted by the sweet secretions of the peduncular glands. Upon touching these, the prey become entrapped by sticky mucilage which prevents their progress or escape. Eventually, the prey either succumb to death through exhaustion or through asphyxiation as the mucilage envelops them and clogs their spiracles. Death usually occurs within 15 minutes. The plant meanwhile secretes esterase, peroxidase, phosphatase and protease enzymes. These enzymes dissolve the insect and free the nutrients contained within it. This nutrient mixture is then absorbed through the leaf surfaces to be used by the rest of the plant.
Great focus and detail, like your work and this deserves a FAV from me.
August 31st, 2014  
So cool.! Fav
August 31st, 2014  
Mat
Sweet, sticky detail - fantastic!
August 31st, 2014  
Awesome picture.
August 31st, 2014  
Fab!
August 31st, 2014  
Fabulous image, fav
August 31st, 2014  
Great shot. Wonderful detail! FAV
August 31st, 2014  
super detail
August 31st, 2014  
Wonderful detail
August 31st, 2014  
Just gorgeous!!!
August 31st, 2014  
cool stuff
August 31st, 2014  
Wonderful shot!
August 31st, 2014  
A fabulous shot. Fav
August 31st, 2014  
Awesome capture. Fav!
August 31st, 2014  
Superb shot
August 31st, 2014  
Lovely detail.
August 31st, 2014  
Lovely but not from an insect's point of view! Fav.
August 31st, 2014  
Cool shot
August 31st, 2014  
Great capture!
August 31st, 2014  
Great macro and very interesting information about the eating habits of these plants.
August 31st, 2014  
Wonderful.
August 31st, 2014  
Beautiful shot, like the light and display of shapes
August 31st, 2014  
Your pretty picture put me to sleep (and I don't mean that as an insult) woke up feeling disorientated and there was pretty sundew.
August 31st, 2014  
Great macro, wife. Fav
August 31st, 2014  
Superb close up xx
August 31st, 2014  
Great shot!
August 31st, 2014  
I love the light on this shot Chantal. Sorry I have not been commenting much recently but this is so easily another fav
August 31st, 2014  
Beautiful!
August 31st, 2014  
Beautiful light as always. Fascinating insight into these plants too. Fav.
August 31st, 2014  
Fantastic capture, composition and focus fav :-)
August 31st, 2014  
Great capture, wonderful plant and commentary. fav
August 31st, 2014  
@dianeburns thanks for the fav Diane but it isn't showing. Would you mind pressing the * again please :)
August 31st, 2014  
Not sure exactly what this is, but, based on your description, I'm pretty sure I don't want to ever meet one! Still, a great macro: perfect focus, vibrant colors. Well done!
September 1st, 2014  
So unusual looking cool shot
September 1st, 2014  
Fantastic macro shot. Great details and great composition. A fav
September 1st, 2014  
This is fantastic! Fav.
September 1st, 2014  
Really cool.. another wonderful shot fav
September 1st, 2014  
Wonderful detail
September 1st, 2014  
Fascinating photo. I feel like I've been to a botany class, too.
September 1st, 2014  
Amazing macro!!
September 1st, 2014  
Gorgeous light in this
September 1st, 2014  
Fantastic capture of this fascinating plant!!! Thanks for all the information!!!
September 1st, 2014  
Love the colors and detail in this amazing composition! FAv!
September 1st, 2014  
Love the detail and airy nature in this beautiful capture.
September 1st, 2014  
Holy Moly!! Amazing shot! FAV
September 1st, 2014  
Sam
Instant FAV :)
September 1st, 2014  
Intriguing shot and such wonderful focus!
September 1st, 2014  
gorgeous detail and light
September 1st, 2014  
Beautiful focus and detail fav
September 1st, 2014  
Stunning detail. Beautiful.
September 1st, 2014  
Wow!!!! amazing detail x fantastic capture and POV xxx
September 1st, 2014  
Fabulous details and lighting
September 1st, 2014  
Wow, instant fav!!
September 1st, 2014  
Beautiful though deadly.
September 1st, 2014  
A most beautiful macro - such a treat to see these natural pin cushions up close. fav
September 1st, 2014  
Awesome macro work!
September 2nd, 2014  
Love this!!
September 2nd, 2014  
Super macro shot!
September 4th, 2014  
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