You may not think flies and worms and moths and other insects are delicious, but the Venus fly trap cherishes every morsel it can close its leaves around.
Dionaea muscipula, better known as the Venus flytrap, is a carnivorous plant native to subtropical wetlands on the East Coast North Carolina and South Carolina.
Animals eating plants is nothing unusual but plants eating animals flips that relationship on its head. To catch and consume animals a Venus flytrap counts the number of times its prey moves. Two twitches against one of the hairs on the leaf spring the trap. Five twitches fire up the plant’s digestion enzyme production.