I am republishing this article at a request from a neighbor who thought these plant’s were only in a movie.
The mysterious Venus Flytrap – a death trap for insects
The leaves of Venus’ Flytrap open wide and on them are short, stiff hairs called trigger or sensitive hairs. When anything touches these hairs enough to bend them, the two lobes of the leaves snap shut trapping whatever is inside. People still do not understand fully how the trap closes. The Venus’ Flytrap does not have a nervous system or any muscles or tendons.
Like other plants, Venus’ Flytraps gather nutrients from gases in the air and nutrients in the soil. However, they live in poor soil and are healthier if they get nutrients from insects. Carnivorous plants live all over the world but Venus’ Flytraps live only in select boggy areas in North and South Carolina. Because of people’s fascination with these plants, they collected many of them and they became endangered. Venus’ Flytraps today are grown in greenhouses.
Will a Venus flytrap bite a person? … Fortunately for people, Venus flytrap plants can‘t eat anything much bigger than a housefly and mostly they eat mosquitoes and gnats. If you put the tip of your finger in the flytrap’s bug eating mouth, it will quickly snap shut, but it won’t hurt at all.