How to draw a Venus flytrap, and learn about its characteristics.
Venus flytraps are carnivorous plants.
The Venus Flytrap’s wild habitat is only in the North and South Carolinas of the United States. The wetland soil where they grow is poor in nutrients, so the plants have evolved to be carnivorous: they eat insects and spiders.
The Venus Flytrap attracts insects by oozing nectar inside its leaves.
Each leaf lobe has three trigger hairs. When a prey animal bumps into one, a little timer starts. If a trigger hair is struck again within 20 seconds, the two leaves of the trap spring shut.
When the trap is snapped shut, small prey can still escape between the cilia, or guard hairs. As larger prey continues struggling and hitting the trigger hairs, the trap slowly squeezes completely shut. It will digest the animal in about ten days, then reopen to drop the carcass out.
The Venus Flytrap flowers in the spring. The flowers are white with green veins, and a group of them reach high above the leaves on a long stem.