I’m covered in tentacles sticky and sweet,
made for drinking up insect meat.
Swamps and bogs are all that I know,
I curl up in leaves to avoid the snow.
This week’s mystery creature is the round-leaved sundew! This little plant is covered in violently magenta tentacles that radiate out like the rays of the sun. Each tentacle has a drop of sweet, sticky glue at the tip, which looks like morning dew.
Insect love the sweet smell and the deep colours, and land on the tentacles only to be trapped, stewed and consumed by the tiny, delicate sundew.
In the winter, the round-leaved sundew produces a small bud called a hibernaculum, and blankets itself with leaves to keep warm.