The Itsy Bitsy Spider Crawled on the Butterwort

in #garden3 months ago

Me jabbering about the plants I raise and sell - Bug Eaters.

These two plants are one and the same. The one on the left was taken when I first got it - that was almost a year ago to date.

It's a Butterwort, AKA pinguicual, and it is sporting its succulent leaves which have little hairs on them and they feel a little greasy to the touch.

This one (below) was taken about four months ago in the heat of summer and the leaves are full of a sticky dew like substance which causes bugs to stick to it like glue.
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This is the life of a carnivorous plant.

We are entering the cooler fall days now and I expect that my pinguicula plants will be making the change to thicker leaves that conserve energy for the non-bug season.

During the summer my pings have multiplied by sprouting little plants under them between the bigger leaves. Here is one of the mommy plants and a couple of the nicer looking baby plants. Just took the picture now.

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This mom is enjoying a long legged spider that she caught outside the other day. Even with its long legs, this nasty thing could not get loose. When she is done eating that, I will have to re-pot this one and check for babies underneath.

All are being moved inside even though they would not have a problem with temperatures in the 40's over winter. I am just worried that the wind and storms would blow them away. They have almost no root system.

The best part is that all of them should be in bloom soon. I can't wait.

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Beautiful hobby and if it gives economic benefits even better.
Luckily feeding these carnivorous plants does not cost too much money, an insect here, another there and that's it.

They must be given distilled water. That is the only cost. They catch bugs if there are any in the house. I put them outside for a couple hours and they catch them out there.