Out on the back deck of my house I have two large saucers that hold a number of small pots of carnivorous plants. Most of the plants are Venus flytraps (Dionaea muscipula) and sundews (Drosera spp.), including two good sized cape sundews (Drosera capensis). At least once a day I check the plants to see if they have trapped anything interesting. Of course I can’t usually tell what the flytraps might have caught—unless of course there are tell-tale legs or wings sticking out (see Beauty and the beast; The Venus flytrap conundrum; Insects meet Venus flytrap).
Well a couple of weeks ago I went out and I don’t know if there had been a midge convention on my deck or something, but the cape sundews had both trapped several non-biting midges, all of which seemed to be the same species.
Naturally, when faced with carnage of this scale I did what any red-blooded biologist would do…I took pictures!
The technical stuff:
Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M5
Lens: Zuiko 60mm micro four thirds macro
Settings: manual exposure (F11 @ 1/200 sec)
Lighting: Olympus RF-11 ring flash (1/4-1/2 power)