We have a very hungry new addition to our household and I'm not talking about a baby or a pet! During a recent trip to the plant nursery, my husband picked up an exotic plant called Drosera capensis, or Cape Sundew. Since its arrival, this carnivorous species has been capturing little bugs like a champ. The small dark spots on the leaves show how effective these plants are.
Kellan loves our new plant! He checks out the leaves every morning to see little fruit flies stuck to its "dew" covered plant hairs. The little droplets actually attract small insects then trap them while the leaf wraps around it like a tentacle. The plant secretes enzymes to basically liquefy the bugs and eat them. Kellan thinks it's creepy but cool.
Sundews are fairly easy to care for, as long as it has plenty of sunlight and plenty of water. We put our plant in a south-facing windowsill to maximize sun exposure. Hopefully, this will help during our dreary Pacific Northwest winter. This has also been a fun way for us to observe a plant's special adaptation. Now we know Venus Flytraps don't have all the fun.