Venus fly traps: Carnivorous plant can catch flies in 'jaw-like' leaves – how to care for

Failing that, use distilled water.

How does the Venus fly trap catch its prey?

In a video for BBC Earth, a plant expert shared how the plant manages to catch its food in the wild.

He explained: “The Venus flytrap is one of the world’s most iconic carnivorous plants, yet it is native to small areas of pine habitat in north and South Carolina.

“Existing in nutrient-poor soil the Venus flytrap harvests the vital food it needs by catching prey in its jaw-like leaves.

“Each trap is actually a modified leaf split into two red lobes.

“These lobes secrete a sweet sap to attract insects.

“Flaring out from the trap, a curved row of teeth-like spikes interlock when the trap shuts to prevent prey from escaping.

“Several tiny trigger hairs stand on the leaf surface.”

When a bug is lured in by the plant’s nectar, insects trigger hairs in the trap which trips it.

The hair has to be touched at least twice in quick succession for the trap to close.

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