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February 26, 2013

Carnivorous plant species glow blue to lure prey

Filed under: Uncategorized — Andrew Kimoto @ 12:20 pm

Some carnivorous plants act as blue “fluorescent lamps” to lure prey, according to scientists in India.

The research team discovered blue fluorescent emissions from the plants’ “capture spots” when tested in ultraviolet (UV) light.

Carnivorous plants are known to attract insects with nectar, colours and smells.

But the alluring blue glow reveals a new prey capture mechanism in some species, according to the findings.

See the full article on BBC Nature.

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