365 Nature – Day 236

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts.


Yesterday I stopped in at a plant nursery to pick up some more gravel to create our third wetland in a bottle and while I browsed around, I encountered a small selection of carnivorous plants. Having been thinking about aquatic life and plants I stopped to look. At one point I had a sundew plant, but I didn’t do well with it and it died. I decided to try my hand again and I bought four different plants. After returning home I cleaned out a water container I had outside and put some bricks inside. I placed the new plants on top of the bricks and filled the water up to mid-level of the plant containers. Enough to wet the roots, but not the leaves. My daughter noticed a lady beetle inside one of the larger pitcher plants and a bumble bee in another.

Today we looked inside the pitcher plants and the lady beetle, which yesterday was moving, was no longer trying to escape and had fallen to the bottom of the tube. In the other plant, the tube was clogged with insects. In addition to the bumble bee was a syrphid fly and a tiny insect I didn’t know.

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Kelly Brenner

Kelly Brenner is a naturalist and writer based in Seattle. She founded and writes The Metropolitan Field Guide, a blog for ideas, thoughts and resources for the design of urban wildlife habitat and has contributed articles to a variety of other websites and publications.

Kelly has a certificate from the University of Washington in non-fiction writing. She continually takes classes and attends talks on various natural history topics. In 2009 she earned a bachelors degree in landscape architecture from the University of Oregon.

She's also an avid photographer focusing on the natural world.
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