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Insect Eating Plant

Insect Eating Plant
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Copyright: Mukesh Swer (swerM) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 40 W: 0 N: 32] (403)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-10-21
Categories: Nature
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/30 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Photos memorable [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2013-10-27 10:07
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Points: 26
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I discovered this plant after more than two decades in the same place, only this time I had a camera with me to capture and to share. It is fascinating and weird to know about this plant. The pitcher shape is formed from the tip of its leaf to trap the insects to obtain nutrients for its survival.

A pitcher plant is a carnivorous plant. Carnivorous plants are plants that eat insects and other small animals. Carnivorous plants grow in soil that has little nitrogen. All living things must have nitrogen. Carnivorous plants get nitrogen from the insects they eat.
Pitcher plants catch (get) insects in a cup of liquid. The walls of the cup make nectar (sweet liquid) . The nectar attracts insects. When an insect lands on the wall, it falls down into the liquid. The insect cannot get out of the cup because the walls are smooth and slippery and the walls have hairs pointing down. After the insect is dead, its body rots. Rotting releases (lets loose) the nitrogen from the insect's body. The nitrogen then goes into the liquid and the plant takes in the nitrogen from the liquid.
(Source: Wikipedia)

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  • suzley Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1833 W: 317 N: 3045] (23928)
  • [2013-10-27 11:12]
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I've always wanted to grow these catchers.
They always look so appealing with theirs sizes and shapes.


Hi Mukesh
good close up on an interesting plant. fine sharpness and natural colors.

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  • periko Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 121 W: 44 N: 32] (2229)
  • [2013-10-27 13:48]

Hi Mukesh
Interesting note about an interesting plant.
The subject highlights well against the dark background.


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  • rychem Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 736 W: 13 N: 634] (21244)
  • [2013-10-29 9:27]

Surely there are more animals eating plant than plants eating animals, this here is an interesting plant, very well shown in your photo
regards Richard

Ciao Mukesh, great macro of interesting plant, wonderful colors, superb sharpness, fine details and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

bonjour Mukesh
nice shot of an amazing plant
It has the appearance of love with its upper side heart shaped, but it seems to be ravenous love...
very neat pcture with good dark back ground

Hi Mukesh...nice shot. Great focus and exposure control..nice tones.


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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 317 W: 286 N: 822] (4030)
  • [2013-11-03 19:14]

Bonsoir Mukesh,

Good close-up with sharp détails as shown by the spide web on the left side. Nice soft light and good framing. TFS.


Hello Mukesh, I have seen these plants in botanic gardens, but seeing them growing in their natural surroundings must be quite special.
Good composition. Fascinating colours show well against the dark bg.
Regards Jean.

I saw this kind of plant at the San Diego Zoo but didn't know the name, thanks. Nicely captured with good details. Well done, tfs.

Fascinating plant details.m surprised it hasn't inspired anyone to write a horror story about man sized plants. Nice shot with minimal light by the look of it.regards

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  • ayse51 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2092 W: 144 N: 2110] (27563)
  • [2014-01-31 23:09]

Hi Mukesh,
I know this plant ( Nephentes).But I have never seen.Well taken,well presented.TFS.Necla.

Olá Mukesh,
Great shot of this catcheye. Perfect clarity, excelent point of view and a brilliant DOF.
Great and memorable one.

  • Clanyi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 254 W: 7 N: 100] (7129)
  • [2014-09-14 2:07]

Hi Mukesh! Nice cature, interesting flower. Regards Csabi

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