Thursday, June 30, 2005

Invasion of the body snatchers

For some reason this drawing that someone sent me reminds me of the film Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

For those who haven't seen the film (why not?), it's quite timeless. I remember seeing it on Channel 4 when I was young, and it was possibly what got me loving carnivorous plants! I think it was the first film I saw where the 'bad guys' won at the end. I remember sitting almost through the entire credits due to the eerieness of the way they did it.. one of the best uses of silence I've seen in a film. (Ok it's not technically part of the film, but it was incredibly gripping nonetheless and really made a dramatic ending).

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Ooh wow honey, look at that beautiful carnivorous plant!

As I posted on another blog, venus flytraps are not just really cool to have around the house, they can also look quite pretty (definitely a plus for the lady of the house!). It's for some reason not very well known that venus flytraps are flowering plants (the name sundew has nothing to do with melons, that's honeydew!), and make beautiful small delicate flowers.

I've dug up some nice pictures from the web. The first one shows the bud of a venus flytrap

This second picture (sorry it's a bit grainy) shows some fully formed flytrap flowers

Ooh, Blogger now lets me upload images too :)

[edit: Ok one of the pictures can't be found any more, so I've put a different one up]

Friday, June 10, 2005

It's just NOT the same!

One of my friends showed me this mechanical venus flytrap... now I'm sorry, but it just doesn't cut the mustard. Venus flytraps are just... cool! But this is no more than a toy.

Here's a picture of the Flycatcher Mark II

Seriously, I'm sure the amusement of having it burp after each fly will wear off fairly shortly... do you really want to have burps going off at random when you're alone in the house... wouldn't it make you jump?!

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Not as fun as a real venus fly trap

I'm sorry, but this is nowhere near as fun as a real venus fly trap. I do like the flies that buzz around that page though... perhaps it could be written to have a cartoon flytrap eat them :)

Thursday, June 02, 2005

Man eating plants?

This article debunks the rumours about man eating plants, and explains where the idea for one may have come from.