How do plants eat meat?

Evolution has armed carnivorous plants with a wild and variety of traps for capturing, killing, and devouring dinner. Consider the pitcher plants, whose leaves are disguised as cups of sweet nectar. Bugs that belly up to the pitcher for a drink tumble inside, where they’re trapped by tiny hairs and digested into goo by special enzymes. Some plants have sticky tentacles that work like flypaper to snare insects. The Venus flytrap, the most famous of the carnivorous plants, has leaves lined with interlocking hairs that snap shut when disturbed by insects. At that point, a trapping plant becomes a sort of short-term stomach where the bug is boiled down into nutrients. The leaf hairs are so sensitive they can tell the difference between a bug (which springs the trap) and a raindrop (which does not). So the next time your parents tell you to eat your vegetables, look at the bright side – at least your vegetables aren’t eating you!


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