What's This?

All living things need nutrients, which provide energy. Explore some surprising ways that organisms get the food that they need.

waxy and scaly red skin with cavity in center

Check out this mystery photo.

Can you guess what it is?


the inside of a mushroom


the mouth of a worm


the underside of an octopus


the center of a flower

Nope. Try again!
You got it!

ANSWER: the center of a flower

Explore the photo gallery below to see some inventive ways that this flower and other organisms get the nutrients they need.

Image Credits:

Rafflesia, photo by Rendra Regen Rais (CC BY-SA 3.0 license); black swallower, © AMNH/R.Mickens; blue whale, courtesy of L.Herman/NOAA; giant anteater, photo by Dori (CC BY-SA 3.0 license); mantis shrimp, photo by Silke Baron (CC BY 2.0 license); harpy eagle, photo by Jonathan Wilkins (CC BY-SA 3.0 license).