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Winners Photography Awards 2010

Drosera by C. R. Shelare

Carnivorous plants such as this sundew Drosera indica are characterised by a unique trapping and digestion mechanism that ensnares insects and then digests them using enzymes that turn the victim into a nutritious soup. As this fly struggles, it triggers sensitive hair-like appendages that bend toward the centre of the leaf, trapping the insect even more securely. Eventually, the prey either dies of exhaustion or asphyxiation. Death usually occurs within 15 minutes.
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