DISCOVERIES  Roll time back 233 years

EMERGENCE A male luna moth clings to the stem

RINSED In that sliver of time between rain and more rain

SUNDEWS. Spiky tentacles radiate from the tiny cupped leaves of a diminutive plant called sundew, each tipped with a single glistening drop of nectar. In the strange, alternate world of plant-eats-animal, sundews wait. Insects are irresistibly drawn to the sweet drops and immediately trapped by sticky goo. Slowly, unhurried, the tentacles wrap, one by one, around the prey, and over the course of days the doomed bug is slowly digested by the plant. On a sunny Sunday kayak tour, guide Kerry took a picture of a different flower on a vertical rock just above the water of Lake Jocassee, and later her sharp-eyed husband noticed something unusual in the background of the photograph. It was a small colony of sundews, each plant barely big as a silver half-dollar, unnoticed by botanists, unnoticed by hundreds of thousands of lake visitors through the years. The tiny carnivorous sundew is a brand-new discovery on a lake full of mystery and magic, in a place chock full of wonder.  ~K


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