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Pitcher Plant & Black Ant

Pitcher Plant & Black Ant
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Copyright: Foozi Saad (foozi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-05-21
Categories: Rain Forest
Camera: Nikon D90, Sigma 105mm F2.8 DG macro
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/25 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-05-26 2:29
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Points: 54
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I climbed up Mount Jerai again and saw this pretty and attractive pitcher plant again. I am always amazed by the work of nature, something that created in its uniqueness and excellent beauty, in term of characteristics and functions.

Pitcher plants are carnivorous plants whose prey-trapping mechanism features a deep cavity filled with liquid known as a pitfall trap. It has been widely assumed that the various sorts of pitfall trap evolved from rolled leaves, with selection pressure favouring more deeply cupped leaves over evolutionary time. However, some pitcher plant genera (such as Nepenthes) are placed within clades consisting mostly of flypaper traps: this indicates that this view may be too simplistic, and some pitchers may have evolved from the common ancestors of today's flypaper traps by loss of mucilage.

Whatever their evolutionary origins, foraging, flying or crawling insects such as flies are attracted to the cavity formed by the cupped leaf, often by visual lures such as anthocyanin pigments, and nectar bribes. The sides of the pitcher are slippery and may be grooved in such a way so as to ensure that the insects cannot climb out. The small bodies of liquid contained within the pitcher traps are called phytotelmata. They drown the insect, and the body of it is gradually dissolved. This may occur by bacterial action (the bacteria being washed into the pitcher by rainfall) or by enzymes secreted by the plant itself. Furthermore, some pitcher plants contain mutualistic insect larvae, which feed on trapped prey, and whose excreta the plant absorbs.[1] Whatever the mechanism of digestion, the prey items are converted into a solution of amino acids, peptides, phosphates, ammonium and urea, from which the plant obtains its mineral nutrition (particularly nitrogen and phosphorus). Like all carnivorous plants, they grow in locations where the soil is too poor in minerals and/or too acidic for most plants to survive.
The families Nepenthaceae and Sarraceniaceae are the best-known and largest groups of pitcher plants.

The Nepenthaceae contains a single genus, Nepenthes, containing about 120 species and numerous hybrids and cultivars. In these Old World pitcher plants, the pitchers are borne at the end of tendrils that extend from the midrib of an otherwise unexceptional leaf. The plants themselves are often climbers, accessing the canopy of their habitats using the aforementioned tendrils, although others are found on the ground in forest clearings, or as epiphytes on trees.

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Sawasdee Ka Foozi,
Very well captured of this plant, wonderful sharpness details, very good composition and point of view, I have seen this plant before in Thailand but at the time I did not have a camera with me, very well composed,
Thanks for sharing,
Best Regards,

Hello Foozi,

You're capturng well this rare and interesting plant by a good composition, so it's impressive to see leaf and stalk with red color and interesting the insect has come near to this plant. The comparison between a thick framing of red of the stalk and an internal pink color is also interesting. And, the insect that stops in the stalk with thin side is drawing out a good effect supplementing.


great capture of future prey, TFS Ori

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-05-26 4:24]

Hello Foozi.
Very interresting plant and wonderful shot.I liked colors,BG and composition very much.Thanks for sharing.Best regards Siggi

Ciao Foozi. Excellent DOF here and beuatiful natural colours. Sharp and details are very good.


Interesting and beautiful photo Foozi! The colours are fantastic.

Hi Foozi,

Hey my Man, what a very interesting image of this ominous looking plant, great exposure control with the use of fill in flash impressive Camera skills, lovely colours, i particularly like the inclusion of the Ant that shows us size and scale of the plant,
Congratulations Foozi and have nice day,


A nice compo with two subjects, Foozi.

Nice combination. Wonderful plant! regards yiannis

hello Foozi
great sharpness and good details with beautiful colours
greeting lou

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-05-26 7:28]

Hi Foozi.
Great close-up of the most attractive plant and tiny insect. Superb DOF. Excellent details of the main subject, perfect use of fill flash. My kind regards and compliments.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-05-26 8:32]

Hi Foozi,another magnificent surprise from your tropical world....very nice and very interesting,and taken whit the usual impressive quality.I like it!Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano.

Hola Foozi

Bella composición de esta planta carnivora y la hormiga. Muy bien compuesta y de colores estupendos. Perfecta.

Un saludo de Antonio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-05-26 10:30]

Hello Foozi,
Beautiful coloured photo of this Pitcher Plant in very good sharpness and details. Good DOF and a bit noisy OOF BG. And...the ant is in danger.

Hi Foozi,
what an interesting photo. Very nice colours. Excellent point of view. Also interesting note.
Thanks for sharing,

Impresionante especie ( y curiosa para los Europeos)
que no podemos admirar aquí. Gracias por compartirla.
Saludos Foozi: Josep Ignasi.

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2011-05-26 14:55]

Hello Foozi,
What a great capture,excellent colors and wonderful sharpness.TFS.

Nice macro shot with the ant as a bonus!
Interesting plant!

Hello Foozi,

There are many strange plants in the garden of nature..!
An amazing function, cunningly planned hehehe...
A fine documentary to show this unique plant, great details and well framed!

Pablo -

Bonjour Foozi,
Etonnante et intéressante publication ; merci pour le partage.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hllo Foozi!
As usually your pic here is fascinating and show us a very strange and unknown flower.Well done, dear friend and many thanks for sharing with us. Thanks also for the instructives notes.
Nice w-end!

Hello Foozi,
Excellent capture of this plant and interesting notes. I like the beautiful colours, composition and the moment you have captured. Well done!

Hallo Foozi,
a very beautiful picture, superb sharpness and splendid colours, fantastic composition
Best regards

Hello Foozi

Beautiful plant photo and environmental shot
for the insect, excellent focus sharpness
an details on both subjects, TFS


very nice composition with vibrent colour. great shrpness.

Hello Foozi,
This image, with its accompanying note, is not just beautiful, it is fabulous. Great exposure and very well seen and captured. A splendid image to view. Well done and best wishes.

excellent just excellent!
regards Nasos

Salam friend Foozi,
I like the tone of this pitcher plant close-up. You have anchored that ant well in the frame with fine sharpness and exposed details. The ant looks dangerous enough and maybe the kind that will land me to antihistamine jab.
Thanks and have a wonderful Saturday.

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