Sunday, 15 August 2010

red round-leaved sundew

"Sundews supplement the meagre nutrients found in acid, wetland soils by absorbing minerals from insect prey. But it’s the flat, rosette of long-stalked, reddy-coloured Sundew leaves that is the most interesting part of the plant, and certainly the most dangerous, for it is these that have evolved to hold tight and absorb unsuspecting midges and other insects foolish enough to land on their sticky surface."

Photographed on the high moorland in the western Lake District earlier in the summer.