08.24.2018 Common Bladderwort-Utricularia vulgaris

Here is another carnivorous plant albeit a fairly small one.  These are the little yellow flowers you see extended above shallow waters on the edges of ponds.  They have little trapdoors that can snap shut faster than the speed of sound to trap microscopic insects for their dining pleasure



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I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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12 Responses to 08.24.2018 Common Bladderwort-Utricularia vulgaris

  1. I’m surprised, given that I’m married to a botanist, that I didn’t know that Bladderwort was a carnivore. Ya learn something every day. By the way, I like the (new?) watermarking.

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    • I was looking around to get something distinctive for the watermark. I would not describe the new one quite that way, but is closer to my signature, when it’s legible, than those canned Photoshop fonts.


  2. Gallivanta says:

    They have a snapdragon look about them. Very pretty to those of us who don’t have to worry about being their next meal.

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  3. It’s a neat-looking flower, and a great color. I guess because of the name Bladderwort, which sounds like a character from Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Universe, the formal name also sounds like a kidney disorder. Doesn’t it seem incredible, that a plant is capable of reacting faster than the speed of sound?!!!

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  4. Andrew says:

    I think Bladderwort was in one of Shakespeare’s plays called The Little Grey Men. I am horrified that it is carnivorous. I shall never look at it in the same way again 🙁

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  5. shoreacres says:

    I’m still stuck on that speed of sound business. It seems impossible. More to the point, how would you calculate such a thing? In any event, however they do it, these seem quite well nourished. They remind me of lady’s slippers in a way. Very nice.


    • Yeah, I find it hard to believe that they can move that fast but since we tend to measure things by our experience and abilities I try not to doubt science.
      They do look a little orchid-like now that you mention it.


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