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Carnivorous Plants in the Wilderness
by Makoto Honda

 

Carnivorous Plants Story
Picture book for a young audience / Kindle Edition

by
Makoto Honda

Copyright (c) 2013-2017 by Makoto Honda. All Rights Reserved.

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Snap Traps  The famous Venus flytrap uses a snap trap, sometimes also called a steel trap or bear trap. In this trap, a clamshell-shaped leaf snaps from both sides with amazing speed when an insect enters. The force of the trap closure is so strong that the victim is often crushed. In this trap, the leaf has sensitive trigger hairs which trip the closing mechanism of the trap. Besides the Venus flytrap, only one species - an aquatic waterwheel plant - shares this most advanced and amazing method of capturing.

 


A Venus flytrap snapping a fly.

 


Touch-sensitive traps of Venus flytrap plants in cultivation.

 


A crane fly caught in the trap of a Venus flytrap.

 


A few days later, the lobes open to reveal the consumed remains of the crane fly.

 

 
Besides the Venus flytrap, there is only one other species of carnivorous plant that uses a snap trap to capture prey: the water-wheel plant (Aldrovanda). This is an aquatic cousin of the Venus flytrap, occurring in many parts of the Old World.

 


In the water-wheel plant, a tiny, shell-shaped leaf in the water snaps shut, just like the Venus flytrap, in order to capture small aquatic prey.

 

INTRODUCTION   PITFALL TRAPS   FLYPAPER TRAPS   SNAP TRAPS   SUCTION TRAPS   VENUS FLYTRAP   SUNDEWS   PITCHER PLANTS   COBRA PLANT   BUTTERWORTS   BLADDERWORTS

 

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