We all know that the animal kingdom is home to many carnivores. But did you know that among them is a plant? The Venus Flytrap is one of them! Venus Fly Traps are extraordinarily interesting “creatures” (plants) of nature. Watch this high-definition video footage featuring a huge spider being captured into a Venus Flytrap. The trap closes when its trigger hairs are stimulated two times within an approximately twenty seconds. That is all the time a Venus Flytrap needs to catch its prey of insects and spiders.
This is a relatively small plant whose leaves are in the shape of jaws and a mouth.
Dionaea muscipula is the biological name of the Venus Flytrap, and unlike humans, this plant does not have brains (insert obvious joke here). Nor does it have muscles or a nervous system. And yet, it can trap insects and swallow them! The Venus Flytrap is mysterious. It is a plant that native to the coastal bogs of North and South Carolina and the savannas.
The exterior of the plant is a made up of green-colored leaves, but the color inside the jaws or mouth is bright red.
The nickname for the Venus Flytrap plant is the “Jaws of Death.” The gaping jaws wait for a fly (or other insects) to land or crawl into its mouth. That’s when the jaws close and clamp down tightly, trapping its prey. The leaf of a Venus Flytrap actually has teeth! There are 14-20 teeth on each side of a leaf for a grand total of 28-40 teeth. Don’t worry, they don’t eat humans. But they do eat caterpillars, beetles, small frogs, grasshoppers, wasps, flies, black and red ants, and as you can see, spiders! One of the more interesting facts about this plant is that at night, it glows blue. It will emit a faint blue glow in order to attract its next prey. The blue glow can only be seen by using a fluorescent lamp, however.