Photographed in the New Forest, in an area of boggy ground on which Cotton Grass also grows.
Sundews are insectivorous plants. They attract insects which are then trapped by the sticky liquid on the little hairs. The insects bodies are then 'digested', with the nutrients absorbed by the plant. This is a way of supplementing the plant's diet - because the soil on which they grow is usually poor in nutrients.
The plants are quite small and easily missed, the largest are about an inch and a half across.
I've tried again and again, for several years, to get what I would call a decent picture of one of these plants, but they defeat me each time. Perhaps I've used the wrong aperture or the wrong lens. This pictures is one of the best I've managed to take this year.
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