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Pitcher Plants

Known from scattered populations across North America from North Florida to Western Canada in areas with nutrient-poor soils, pitcher plants inspire every emotion from wonder to horror. Like all carnivorous plants, coloration and nectar glands attract insects where a series of hairs inside the pitcher (a modified leaf) encourages the insect downward into the tube until it cannot turn around and escape. From here, it will be digested slowly.

Pitcher Plants

Known from scattered populations across North America from North Florida to Western Canada in areas with nutrient-poor soils, pitcher plants inspire every emotion from wonder to horror. Like all carnivorous plants, coloration and nectar glands attract insects where a series of hairs inside the pitcher (a modified leaf) encourages the insect downward into the tube until it cannot turn around and escape. From here, it will be digested slowly.

Pitcher Plants

Known from scattered populations across North America from North Florida to Western Canada in areas with nutrient-poor soils, pitcher plants inspire every emotion from wonder to horror. Like all carnivorous plants, coloration and nectar glands attract insects where a series of hairs inside the pitcher (a modified leaf) encourages the insect downward into the tube until it cannot turn around and escape. From here, it will be digested slowly.

Latest Photos and Wildlife News

Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel

Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel

The golden-mantled ground squirrel (Callospermophilus lateralis), is a fascinating species found across most of the western United States and north into Alberta and British Columbia in Canada. With a distinctive striped appearance and several unique behaviors, this small mammal is a joy to see and watch in person.

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The Black Turnstone: A Charismatic Shorebird

The Black Turnstone: A Charismatic Shorebird

The black turnstone feeds mostly on small crustaceans and marine worms, which it can find on rocky shorelines or mudflats. It is also known to eat small insects, mollusks, and occasionally plant material.

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Female Saffron-winged Meadowhawk

Female Saffron-winged Meadowhawk

The last time I passed through Montana, I stopped by some duck ponds in Anaconda at a place called Warm Springs State Wildlife Management Area and there were dragonflies and damselflies everywhere! I was familiar with some of the species, but this one olive-golden...

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Interesting Nature Facts #133 – Gladiolus

In Ancient Rome, a scientist was struck by the gladiolus' resemblance to the swords gladiators used in battle. He named the bloom gladiolus after the Latin word for sword, "gladius". MORE PHOTOS OF WILDFLOWERS MORE INTERESTING NATURE FACTS Interesting Nature Facts is...

Interesting Nature Facts #105 – Chicken of the Woods

The sulphur shelf mushroom is an edible fungus that grows on trees in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, and tastes nearly identical to fried chicken. That explains its common name, the "chicken of the woods"! MORE PHOTOS OF MUSHROOMS MORE INTERESTING NATURE FACTS...

Interesting Nature Facts #72 – Salmonberry

The salmonberry as we know it is actually an aggregate of drupelets - groups of small berries each containing a seed that form a single cluster from one flower - just like other bramble berries such as raspberries and blackberries. MORE PHOTOS OF BERRIES MORE...

Interesting Nature Facts #55 – Foxes

Foxes are digitigrade, which means they walk on their toes. Unlike most members of the Canidae family, foxes have partially retractable claws. MORE PHOTOS OF MAMMALS MORE INTERESTING NATURE FACTS Interesting Nature Facts is a series about the flora, fauna and places...

Interesting Nature Facts #26 – Roseate Spoonbill

The roseate spoonbill is a beautifully plumed wading bird with a long bill shaped like a spatula. They were almost driven to extinction by plume hunters at the turn of the century. Still rare, but recovering, they can be seen wading in coastal areas. MORE PHOTOS OF...

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Leapin’ Lizards! Updates!

Quick post today to announce a small but important update to the North American Nature Photography galleries. Over the past decade, I've been collecting so many new images of native lizards in their natural environments all over the continent, that I have expanded the...

A Florida Oddity……

This is more of a quick note with a bizarre photo, rather than an actual post. We’ve been working out hearts out trying to get the new FloridaNaturePhotography.com upgrade out, and it has more or less taken up all of my writing time. Every photo and page is in the...

In a Flash of Pink – Roseate Spoonbill!

Anyone who has ever tried to walk through mangroves tracking a roseate spoonbill – never mind with a backpack full of photography gear and holding a camera – knows that it is not easy. Twisted above-ground roots and protruding rhizomes make any travel slightly faster...

Just in Time for Halloween! The Cat-Faced Spider!

Recently I was out on a day off from the photography studio, working on a side project that involved foraging of lots of wild apples in one of my favorite recreation places in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. While I did have a camera with me (just in case,...

Southern White Fringed Orchid (Platanthera conspicua)

Quick post today to share with you one of my favorite terrestrial orchids of the Atlantic and Gulf coasts - the southern white fringed orchid! Often difficult to photograph in Florida's bright summer sunlight, heavy overcast skies were a huge in helping get this...

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