Carnivorous Plants Story
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Copyright (c) 2013-2017 by Makoto Honda.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
PITFALL TRAPS FLYPAPER
TRAPS SNAP TRAPS
SUCTION TRAPS VENUS
PITCHER PLANTS COBRA
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"Eaten Alive by Carnivorous Plants" by Kathleen J. Honda & Makoto Honda