The Venus Flytrap is a carnivorous plant. It
dissolves it's prey in it's mouth. It's mouth is
the red parts in the picture to the right>.
What happens is the plant gives off a sweet
smelling nector. A fly, the prey, seeks the
source of the nector. The fly will land on the
plant. If the flytrap is lucky the fly will touch
one of the trigger hairs.
The trigger hairs are the points on the edge of
If one of the hairs are touched than the mouth
will close. Then the fly will dissolve, making it
easy for the plant to eat it. After a few days
the mouth will re-open and the process will
Although most plants don't, the Venus Flytrap
can live without every eating a fly.
Each individual "head" has to complete the
process above if the plant eats flies.
This is a clip of a Venus
Double click on the picture below to play the Quicktime movie.