The white-topped North American pitcher plant

These gorgeous colorful pitchers are the insect trapping leaves of the white-topped North American pitcher plant, Sarracenia leucophylla. The pitchers are actually highly modified leaves, and the white and red coloration assists in attracting insects for the plant to eat. It has been proposed that they are particularly visible to butterflies and moths at night in moonlight. The red and green stars are actually the flower of this species, and these have just dropped their petals and are ripening to release their seeds.

Photo: The ever wonderful Adam Cross