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

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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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  1. For making us ALMOST feel sorry for them, is David Attenborough really "Lord Of The Flies" ???
    No, but this is a superb but if filmmaking and editing! 👀👍

    M 🦘🏏😎

  2. This was hard to watch. I really dislike flies because they are disgusting and land on poop all the time but watching this video made me feel sad then I realized how many times I was at a cookout and a fly landed on my food which I then had to throw away.

  3. Others : i feel bad i feel sad… (😑🤦🏻‍♀️😒 ugh)
    Me during Watching : kill it kill it fast .
    Couldn't stan that disgusting fly . They also add voice , eww

  4. Funny how vegetarians don't want to eat animal meat because they think it's cruel, yet do not seem to understand that plants are living things too.

  5. Okay, so more info about how these plants trap animals inside:
    If an insect gets stuck inside a Venus Flytrap and tries struggling to escape, it will only make things worse. The more the insect moves, the more their bodies will brush agaisnt the plant's trigger hairs, making them close tighter and tighter. After 1 or 2 hours of struggling, the trap will shut completely, with no way out at all.


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