Episode 67: Bladderworts and Houseflies

 

Daniel resumes his tour of the carnivorous plants of Idaho. In this episode he tells the story of a group of aquatic carnivorous plants called bladderworts. Their bladder-like traps are largely hidden from our view, and the prey they capture are minuscule. Nevertheless, if you happen upon them and their attractive snapdragon-esque flowers, be assured that there is a feeding frenzy going on in the water below.

bladderwort via wikimedia commons

Casey introduces us to the common housefly, an all too familiar insect seen mostly as a nuisance. But perhaps after Casey is through, you will have, at the very least, a smidgen of appreciation for this remarkable creature.

housefly (Musca domestica) via wikimedia commons

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This episode aired on Radio Boise in June 2019 and featured music by Toy Zoo.

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