The Venus Flytrap is a carnivorous plant native to subtropical wetlands on the East Coast of the United States in North Carolina and South Carolina. It catches its prey—chiefly insects and arachnids— with a trapping structure formed by the terminal portion of each of the plant’s leaves and is triggered by tiny hairs on their inner surfaces.
Venus Flytrap plants are totally self sufficient when it comes to feeding. They eat anything that dares to enter their traps.
See what I mean?! GOSH! This Venus Flytrap Is One ‘Insect Squasher’!
When an insect or spider crawling along the leaves contacts a hair, the trap closes if a different hair is contacted within twenty seconds of the first strike. The requirement of redundant triggering in this mechanism serves as a safeguard against a waste of energy in trapping objects with no nutritional value.
Watch how this Venus Flytrap squashed the poor little wiggly worm in the video below.