Nature has given birth to some remarkable creatures who are like outliers to the normal animals. One of them is the 𝑽𝒆𝒏𝒖𝒔 𝑭𝒍𝒚 𝑻𝒓𝒂𝒑 (Dionaea Muscipula).
𝑾𝒉𝒂𝒕’𝒔 𝒔𝒐 𝒔𝒑𝒆𝒄𝒊𝒂𝒍 𝒂𝒃𝒐𝒖𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒑𝒍𝒂𝒏𝒕?
It’s a carnivore and eats meat!
Plants are at the bottom of the food chain, when it comes to carnivorous predators. However, the Venus Fly Traps mainly found in North and South Carolina are one of the smartest predators.
✳️ The prey is attracted by the plant’s color and smell.
✳️ The sensitive sensory hairs on either side of the plant notice this and sends signals to the ‘brain’.
✳️ As soon as the prey is detected, the trap springs shuts in seconds.
✳️ The more the prey moves, the more electric signals are sent and the tighter the trap becomes.
✳️ After an hour or two, the cells of the plants release moisture, which seals the trap shut.
𝑾𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒉𝒂𝒑𝒑𝒆𝒏𝒔 𝒏𝒆𝒙𝒕?
❇️ Suddenly, the trap isn’t the mouth, but the stomach!
❇️ The plant releases digestive fluids into the airtight trap, which melts the prey’s organs.
❇️ It then use the nutrients from the prey for itself.
❇️ After about a week or so, the trap opens up and spits out the exoskeleton of all the once healthy prey. Pretty ruthless, right?
𝑾𝒉𝒚 𝒅𝒐 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒚 𝒏𝒆𝒆𝒅 𝒕𝒐 𝒆𝒂𝒕 𝒊𝒏𝒔𝒆𝒄𝒕𝒔?
Plants use photosynthesis to make sugar to grow. While the Venus fly trap has this feature, there aren’t enough nutrients in the soil, hence they get it from these insects.
𝑯𝒐𝒘 𝒅𝒊𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑽𝒆𝒏𝒖𝒔 𝑭𝒍𝒚 𝑻𝒓𝒂𝒑 𝒈𝒆𝒕 𝒊𝒕’𝒔 𝒏𝒂𝒎𝒆?
Since the plant is extremely pretty, it is named Venus which is the God of love. The Flytrap attribute comes from it snacking on bugs.
𝑰𝒔 𝒊𝒕 𝒅𝒂𝒏𝒈𝒆𝒓𝒐𝒖𝒔 𝒕𝒐 𝒉𝒖𝒎𝒂𝒏𝒔?
No, but if you tinker around with it for to long, you might harm the plant or even kill it.