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Hungry Venus flytraps snap shut on a host of unfortunate flies | Life - BBC

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 Published On Dec 02, 2009

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Hungry Venus flytraps snap shut on a host of unfortunate flies. But, despite its name, flies aren't the flytrap's only meal. As long as its prey is roughly the right size and touches two of its hairs within twenty seconds, the plant will dine on any insect or spider that comes its way.

Glands in the lobes then secrete enzymes that break the dinner down into a digestible soup. Ten days later, the trap pops open to reveal nothing but a dried out husk.

David Attenborough looks at the extraordinary ends to which animals and plants go in order to survive. Featuring epic spectacles, amazing TV firsts and examples of new wildlife behaviour.

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