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It is hard to believe, but there are actually plants that eat meat.

What’s even
more incredible is that these carnivorous plants actually trap their preys, which
are live animals, usually insects.
All of the insectivorous plants have one thing in common: they are native to
areas where the soil lacks nutrients. These plants get the nutrients normally
from the soil and from the animals that they catch. Yet just like predatory
animals, these plants have a digestive system that dissolves the meat and
breaks it down into basic nutrients.
Each of them uses some sort of trapping mechanism to catch its prey. There
are five known trapping mechanisms that are used by the plants listed below.
9 Insectivorous Plants with Different Trapping Mechanisms

1.Pitfall Traps - Nepenthes


A pitfall trap works by luring the prey into a container filled with liquid where it
drowns. Popularly known as pitcher plants or monkey cups, these plants are
found throughout Southern Asia and the region around the Indian Ocean.
They’re called pitcher plants because the trap is literally a pitcher-shaped
vessel filled with a fluid. Insects are lured into the syrupy fluid and stuck there.
Some pitcher plants have a sort of lid on the top that snaps down to trap prey,
others remain open and use a sticky liquid to catch prey. Some nepenthes
grow large enough to catch rodents, lizards, and even small birds as prey.
This plant has the name monkey cup because monkeys sometimes drink from
them in the wild.
2. Pitfall Traps - Brocchinia Reducta:
This plant is similar to the pitcher plant, but it is found in the South American
nations, such as Colombia, Brazil, Venezuela, and Guyana. Its trap works a
little differently though: insects get trapped in the pitcher by landing on a leaf
that is coated with a slippery substance. The insects literally slip into the
pitcher, which is filled with a digestive liquid that contains enzymes and
bacteria. This carnivorous plant is believed to attract prey in two ways: first by
reflecting ultraviolet light that attracts insects and second by emitting a sweet
odor that attracts ant3
Flypaper Traps - Pinguicula (Butterworts)
A flypaper trap is a leaf that is covered with a sticky substance on which the
prey gets caught. The traps are called flypaper because it works similar to the
flypaper some people use for insect control. Popularly known as butterworts,
these plants actually digest their prey directly through the leaves. The
digestion is accomplished via specialized glands that are found in the leaves.
Interestingly enough, butterworts can be found in both tropical and temperate
climates—areas that experience cold winters. Butterworts are found on every
continent except Australia. Butterworts are usually found in moist and wet
areas, and are regarded as one of the few carnivorous plants that thrive in
shady locations such as forests.
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Flypaper Traps - Drosera
Popularly known as sundews, these colorful plants are found on every
continent except Antarctica. They use tentacle-like stalks covered with
mucilaginous glands to trap and digest insects. The stalks are actually
covered with a digestive soup that absorbs the nutrients. Like butterworts,
they can be found in a variety of climates, including temperate areas. Some
species of sundew use an underground bulb or tuber to survive in harsh
conditions, such as winter or drought. A few sundews have been found to
actually capture prey by moving their stalks like a tentacle, though the sticky
digestive soup acts like flypaper.
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Snap Traps - Venus Flytrap
The Venus flytrap, which is native to North and South Carolina, is the best
known insectivorous plants in the world. It is called a snap trap because the
mouth-like leaves literally snap shut when an insect or spider land on it. The
plant is literally booby trapped; hairs on the inside of the leaves act as
sensors. When prey touches them, the leaves quickly snap shut and digestion
begins. The Venus flytrap is one of the few known plants that is capable of
rapid movement. Interestingly enough, there are now more Venus flytraps
cultivated as house plants than in the wild.
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Snap Traps - Aldrovanda Vesiculosa (Water Wheel Plant)
The water wheel plant is one of the most interesting carnivorous plants
because it traps its prey in the water. It is also an aquatic plant even though it
uses a snap trap similar to the Venus flytrap to catch its prey. Another unusual
feature of the water wheel plant is that it has no roots. Instead, it merely floats
in the water. The plant is one of the fastest moving plants of all, able to close
its trap in 10 to 20 milliseconds. Sadly, water wheel plants are considered a
threatened species because pollution is destroying their environment.
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Lobsterpot Traps - Sarracenia Psittacina (Parrot Pitcher Plant)
Called the parrot pitcher plant, this species catches its prey by luring into the
pitcher with sweet-smelling nectar. Once in the pitcher, the prey is caught by
light shining through the leaves, which look like exits. The prey is actually
misdirected to the inside of the pitcher, where it is caught and eaten by the
digestive liquids. Parrot pitcher plants are native to the Southern United
States. Interestingly enough, they live on dry land or in the water in flooded
areas. During floods, the plant eats tadpoles and water insects.
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Bladder Traps - Utricularia (Bladderworts)
Bladderworts are one of the most common insectivorous plants. Scientists
think there could be as many as 233 species found on every continent except
Antarctica. Bladderworts can live underwater or on the land depending on the
species. The most interesting thing about these plants is the way they capture
prey: the trap is a bladder that creates a vacuum that literally sucks in insects.
A bladderwort literally vacuums its prey into a special bag where it is digested.
The bag even has a seal that snaps shut once the prey is inside. The trap
usually secretes sugars that lure insects.
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Lobster-pot Traps - Darlingtonia Californica
Also known as the California pitcher plant, the cobra lily, or the cobra plant,
this plant is found in bogs and streams in Northern California and Oregon. It is
called cobra because its appearance is reminiscent of the poisonous snake.
Unlike other pitcher plants, the cobra plant does not catch rainwater in its
pitcher. Instead, the water is pumped in from the roots for digestion. That
means the plant can regulate the amount of water in the trap. Like the parrot
pitcher plant, this plant lures prey inside the pitcher with sweet smells then
confuses them with false exits. Eventually the prey becomes tired and falls
into the liquid, where it gets digested.