Hit The Trigger by Garth Smith

Trigger plants are so called because they have a spring loaded “trigger” that springs to hit insects and dab them with pollen to transfer it to other trigger plants. I think this one is Stylidium graminifolium.
You can see that this bee has already triggered the one that he has just visited, and one other on the other side. Looks like it probably smacked him in the forehead.
And now that you know where to look you, if you look carefully you will be able to see the other triggers still primed under the flowers.

My back yard
NW Tasmania

Canon 5D mark 2
EF 100mm F/2.8 Macro USM
ISO 100
1/250th sec


  • Kip Nunn
    Kip Nunnover 3 years ago

    looks like a Italian import……CHANGES !

  • Hi Kip, I think I might have got the species a fraction wrong but i still think its a native .
    I have it growing wild at my place over a fair bit of the 4-1/2 acres.
    The bee on the other hand is a different matter.

    – Garth Smith

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstoneover 3 years ago

    I believe there’s still some conjecture that the trigger plants are carnivorous! Good to see a domesticated version :)

  • This one is listed as carniverous or proto-carniverous in Wikipedia Mel.

    – Garth Smith

  • Kip Nunn
    Kip Nunnover 3 years ago

    no it a Italian Bee introduced when who knows ? have you do you …have a look ,,,join the chttp://nptas.wordpress.com/about-4/ at rew we need you and others pass on …:-)

  • Rocksygal52
    Rocksygal52over 3 years ago

    Beautiful capture Garth.

    Cheers Jude

  • Thank you Jude

    – Garth Smith

  • supergold
    supergoldover 3 years ago

    great stop action

  • Thank you supergold

    – Garth Smith

  • phillip wise
    phillip wiseover 3 years ago

    nice detail garth

  • cheers Phil

    – Garth Smith

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderover 3 years ago

    Wonderful capture and description

  • Thank you kalaryder

    – Garth Smith

  • JanT
    JanTover 3 years ago

    Wow, Garth. Love this, and your description. Do bees have foreheads? What a clever plant—and great clarity! (fav)

  • Thank you Jan.
    Do bees have foreheads …LOL, I don’t know ……. maybe I should have said “smacked him between the eyes!!”

    – Garth Smith

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