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Beautiful and Deadly Carnivorous Plants


Photo: Olga Sytina

They're beautiful yet deadly ... if you're insects, that is. Dark Roasted Blend has a nice gallery (as always) of some of nature's most gorgeous carnivorous plants. This one above is the sundew:

Another device carnivorous plants use is to make its prey stick around long enough to be digested. The sundew, for instance, has leaves covered with dozens of tiny stalks, and each stalk is covered with very, very, very sticky stuff. When a bug happens to walk across these leaves it gets – you guessed it – very, very, very stuck. What's more, though, is that the plant then contracts, bringing more and more of those stalks into contact with its prey, completely trapping and then digesting it.

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