Friday, April 11, 2014

Carnivorous Plants that Eat Animals

Usually animals eat plants. Like caterpillar eats leaves or cow eats grasses. But there are plants also that eat animals. Am I kidding? No!
The picture above show how the Venus Flytrap "swallows" its prey.

The Venus Flytrap eat a fly.

The shadow of its prey...

The pitcher plant and its prey....
The pitcher plants not only eating small insects. The large Pitcher Plants can also eat mice, rats, frogs and small birds.

Video of Carnivorous Plants eat Mouse and Frog:

Killer plants: the Venus Flytrap and other carnivorous plants

Carnivorous plants are plants that derive some or most of their nutrients (but not energy) from trapping and consuming animals. Usually insects.

1 comment:

  1. Hi. We are currently developing exhibits for the Burlington County Lyceum of History and Natural Sciences, one of which will focus on the Pinelands Region. We came across the image here of the venus flytrip and are interested in using it in the exhibit. Can you provide us with permission to use or the origin of the photo?

    Thank you,
    Marisa Bozarth
    Museum Curator, History