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What does the venus fly trap eat?

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Technically they don't eat anything. They trap and digest prey. The "teeth" on the edge of the trap are to trap small insects not for biting.


As the name suggests Venus Flytraps trap and digestfly'sas well as host of other small insects: moths, butterflies, ants,cockroachesetc. (and sometimes small mammals). They don't have a preference for food and will simply catch and digest anything that sets of their trap.


Once the leaves close together, digestive enzymes are released by glads on the leaf, these digest the soft tissue of the insect (or prey) which can then beabsorbedback into the plant (through the leaf). Theindigestibleparts such as hairs and exoskeleton are left behind.


Other "insect eating" plants include Sundews which use sticky traps to catch insects and Pitcher plants which have a bowl-like trap with smooth sides in which insects get trapped and digested.


Most "insect eating" plants function like traditional plants and have chlorophyll and canphotosynthesis, their soils in which they grow normally lack Nitrogen, which is why they have to trap insects (as a source of this nutrient).

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