Carnivorous Plant Time Lapse: Cape Sundew (Drosera Capensis) "eating" a Fruit Fly

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A wonderfully-interesting carnivorous plant, the sticky "tentacles" attract and catch flies and other bugs.

Contact triggers a curling reaction, where the plant wraps up its prey and eventually digests and absorbs the victim's nutrients.

This scene was about 4 hours in real-time, while I was working in the morning.
Made with a Canon SX100IS + CHDK.

Also see this 2010 version, using offspring of this plant.

davidtribby.com, anikamonty, and 35 other people added this video to their favorites.

  1. pkingDesign 114 months ago | reply

    duuuuuuude! awesome.

  2. heather 114 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Video! Video! Video!, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  3. Schill 114 months ago | reply

    Phil asked, and I forgot to mention - the gradual pan / tilt effect was unintentional, from gradual slipping of the cheap mini-tripod I used for the shot. An interesting accident.

  4. heydrienne 114 months ago | reply

    So cool! I need one that eats spiders.

  5. Mc2ooth 114 months ago | reply

    so very nifty to have a "green" way to eradicate bugs, but I especially liked how quickly you were working in the background!

  6. Rafael G. Sanchez 113 months ago | reply

    Really amazing, great video and what a patience!

  7. banu1602 111 months ago | reply

    It's great and awesome. now realise plants also have feeling and sense.

  8. Michelle Wai 109 months ago | reply

    oooOOOOOO grat!

  9. lauraking☮ 109 months ago | reply

    thats awesome!

  10. Zack Sheppard 106 months ago | reply

    wow that is beautiful and creepy!

  11. t163jpn 101 months ago | reply

    おもしろい!

  12. Romeoradio 89 months ago | reply

    Planzen sind kitzlig!

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