Four Carnivorous Plants

The Venus Flytrap is an active trap. It attracts its prey using sweet nectar smell. It has red padded leaves, insects are drawn to red. The red padded leaves have trigger hairs. When an insect touches any trigger hair twice the leaves snap shut trapping the insect with the bar like thing on the outside of the leaves.The plant produces juices that break down the insect.The leaf can only shut 7 times. Each plant has multiple leaves.

The Pitcher plant is a non active plant, which is a non moving plant. It uses nectar to attract insects. The insect lands on the leaf at the top which is slippery so the insect falls in. When it hits the water in the plant it tries to climb out but downward facing hairs keep it from doing so. Soon the insect drowns. Some Pitcher plants are small and can only catch an ant but others can catch rats. Diving spiders can get out of the pitcher plant without getting trapped. Chemicals in the water break down the insect. Some pitcher plants have insects living inside them! Perfect for mosquito laying eggs!

This is a Bladderwort. It is a moving or active trap. Bladderworts suck up their prey. The trap is a tiny pouch shaped like an oval. Bladderworts grow in ponds or lakes. The stem and flower grow above water but the trap is underwater. The prey touches a trigger hair near the plant's entrance or trap you may call it. One blink and the trap is open sucking water and the prey inside. The plant takes one hour to reset then it is ready for more, yum!

Sundews have small tentacles with sticky balls at the end. The plant also uses nectar to attract insects. When insects land they want to take a sip of nectar but they get stuck because the sticky balls trap them. The tentacles wrap around the body squeezing life out of the insect. The harder the prey tries to escape the harder the tentacles squeeze. When the prey is dead the sundew slowly releases juices that breaks down the body so the sundew has nutrients.

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