Venus Fleep or Dioney is an unusual plant growing in the swamps of the eastern part of the United States. In appearance, this is an ordinary flower on a long leg, but it has one interesting feature. He is a predator. Venerin Mukholovka is engaged in fishing and digestion of various insects.
What does a blanket flower look like?
Outwardly this is not a particularly noticeable plant, one might say, grass. The largest size that ordinary leaves can have is only 7 centimeters. True, on the stem there are also large leaves that appear after flowering.
The inflorescence of the Veninna flycatcher is somewhat similar to flowers of ordinary bird cherry. This is the same white delicate flower, with a large number of petals and yellow stamens. It is placed on a long stem, which grows to such sizes, it is no coincidence. The flower is deliberately placed at a large distance from the leaves-bunks so that pollinating insects do not get into them.
Venerin flyolovka grows in a marshy area. The soil here does not differ in a large amount of nutrients. There is especially little nitrogen in it, namely it is needed for the normal growth of most plants, including flycatches. The process of evolution went in such a way that the flower began to take power not from the soil, but from insects. He has formed a cunning sheener, which instantly closes a suitable sacrifice in himself.
How does this happen?
Leaves intended for catching insects consist of two parts. There are strong hairs on the edge of each part. Another type of hairs, small and thin, tightly covers the entire surface of the sheet. They are the most accurate “sensors” registering the contact of the sheet with something.
The trap works due to a very quick closure of shelter halves and the formation inside a closed cavity. This process is launched by strict and intricate algorithm. Observations of veneen flycatches showed that the slalick of the sheet is made after exposure to at least two different hairs, and with an interval of not more than two seconds. Thus, the flower is protected from false works when it enters the sheet, for example, rain drops.
If the insect sits on the sheet, then it inevitably stimulates different hairs and the sheet closes. This happens at such a speed that even fast and sharp insects do not have time to escape.
Further there is another defense: if no one is stuck inside and the signal hairs are stimulated, the digestive enzymes generation process does not begin and after a while the trap opens. However, in life, the insect, trying to get out, affects the “sensors” and the “digestive juice” begins to slowly enter into the trap.
Digging the extraction of Veninina flycatcher the process is long and takes up to 10 days. After opening the sheet, it remains only an empty chitin shell. This substance included in the structure of many insects, the flower is not able to digest.
Who is Venus Mukholovka eats?
The ration of the flower is very diverse. This includes almost all insects that can somehow get on the sheet. The exception is only very large and strong species. Venerin Mukholovka “eats” flies, bugs, spiders, grasshoppers and even slugs.
Scientists revealed a certain percentage of the flower menu. So, for example, a predatory plant uses 5% flying insects, 10% beetles, 10% of grasshoppers, 30% of spiders. But most often, Venus is flywheel frenzies with ants. They occupy 33% of the total number of digested living creatures.
Venus Mukholovka at home
Venerin Mukholovka is a plant that loves warmth, but preferring darkening in the middle of the day and therefore it is worth growing on a southern or western windowsill. In the autumn and spring period, there is little light and can apply artificial. About 25 degrees are considered the optimal temperature, but in the winter, it cannot be allowed to exceed 5 degrees, otherwise the plant will not survive.
You should also often ventilate the room, because the predator loves it. In the summer, fly agaric needs to be taken to the garden, since there is more food for her. Watering should be carried out only with boiled and purified water to bring the conditions for growing to natural. It is worth watering in the pallet, and the moss sphagnum is usually placed in the pot to moisturize the soil. In summer, the fly agaric should be sprayed constantly, but only on condition of low humidity.
A fly agaric cannot be planted in Minerals rich in minerals the plant will not be able to learn all this and it will become difficult to hurt. The quartz sand and peat is much better. As a raising place, you can apply an aquarium that reliably protects against draft.
Venerin Mukholovka care and content
Venerin Mukholovka does not need fertilizers in the sense in which we are used to understanding this. She needs to give food in the form of insects several times a month, if there is no one in the room where it grows. All this is necessary so that the plant receives nitrogen when it needs it. This happens on average every two weeks. It is important to remember that you can’t feed the flycatcher with insects with the shells, because it will not be able to digest such food and get sick.
Sometimes the causes of diseases can be pests. For example, aphids and powdery worm. Their food is plant juice. To cure Dionue, you should stock up on insecticides. Otherwise, excessive moisturizing the roots to which low humidity will be added can provoke a fungus and gray rot. In this case, it should be treated with fungicides. They are also used when damage to a trap of bacteria is detected and it ceases to digest bugs and other insects.