Flesh Eaters: Carnivorous Plants Lure Insects Into Their Deadly Clutches


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COMM: These carnivorous plants make light work of any insects that stray into their
deadly clutches. 00:14
COMM: The Cape sundew, native to South Africa, lures ants and flies in with drops of sweet
smelling fluid on the highly adhesive tentacles that line its leaves. 00:29
COMM: Surrounding tentacles then move further to ensnare the insect, before glands on the
leaf start to release digestive enzymes. 00:43
COMM: A Venus flytrap leaf is divided into to halfs, fringed with stiff spikes. Each
plant carries three touch sensitive hairs, and when two are touched in quick succession,
the trap is triggered, imprisoning the fly. 01:10
COMM: And while these carnivorous plants are short on mercy, some fortunate creatures do
live to fight another day.

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