National Geographic : 1961 May
Insects Beware! The Author Plants Living Traps for Unwary Ants and Flies "Among the most puzzling phe nomena in nature," Dr. Zah terms the 450-odd species o plant carnivores. Found around the globe, traps range from mi croscopic nooses on tiny mold to Borneo's foot-deep leafy urn that can hold seven pints of water. The traps attract, capture, and consume small prey, appar ently enabling the plants t thrive on nutrient-poor soils. Here Eda Zahl unwraps pitch er plants while her husban transplants them in their George town, D. C., garden. Glass-an plastic conservatory re-creates the humid summer climate f the Carolina coast. Fascinated, the Zahl childre watch a housefly buzz dange ously close to a Venus flytrap. Parlor terrarium houses sticky sundews and Venus flytraps. Dr. Zahl trowels space for Sarr cenia purpurea, the common pitcher plant. Bowls hold sphag num moss and soil from Caro lina lowlands. 65KO KODACHROMESBY PAUL A. ZAHL. NATIONALGEOGRAPHICSTAFF © N.S.