How It Works

How the Venus flytrap kills

Though it has no nerves, muscles or even a stomach, the Venus flytrap can sense, trap and consume its dinner like any intelligent hunter. Indeed its distinctive design inspired the mechanical traps we humans now use to ensnare prey. These predatory plants can grow in the inhospitable, nutrient-poor soils that regular plants cannot, because flytraps can gain nutrients in more resourceful ways. To find out how, consult the interactive photograph above…