Cobra Plants near Redding, California
2006 - July - 28 ... 30
I visited a Darlingtonia habitat
near Redding, California. I visited this colony once some 30 years ago.
The habitat appeared healthy. Not much seems to have changed. I am
always amazed how similar all the cobra plant habitats are throughout
its distribution from California to Oregon. Cold waters run through the
mountain slope, creating a marshy surface. Darlingtonia grows vigorously
on the wet, grassy surface along the stream. The flowers are all gone,
forming a seed capsule at the tip of a tall scape (80-90 cm). Some
pitcher leaves were as tall as 70 cm. From my house near Los Angeles,
this was a 1600-mile round trip. I drove 10-plus hours to come
In this habitat, I saw this bug,
everywhere, in the Darlingtonia bog, flying all over the place, from a
flower to another, sometimes landing on the cobra heads.