Show this to that one sister-in-law who won’t shut up about how veganism is as natural as you can get.
Venus Fly Trap
The stuff of legends, the Venus Fly Trap slams shut when a bug gets between the sides of its “mouth”, bumping into one of the plants “trigger hairs”. The trap closes in further the more the bug moves, turning the interior of the plant into a sealed stomach of sorts which can then digest the bug.
Due to the sticky mucilage at the tips of tentacle-like protrusions coming from its leaves, it is able to trap bugs before enveloping them for digestion.
Though its appearance is quite different, the Pinguicula Gigantea, native to Mexico, uses sticky mucilage all over its leaves to trap insects, much like the Cape Sundew.
When a bug gets through the small opening in the Cobra Lily and is henceforth trapped, it is not attacked by digestive enzymes. Rather, the Cobra Lily relies on symbiotic bacteria to do the work for it before soaking up nutrients from the bug.
Published in: Gardening