Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsBotany · 1 decade ago

is a venus fly trap part insect?


how does it know when to swallow a fly is it alive in some way?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    No it is not part insect, yes it is alive (it's a plant, plants are alive). It isn't conscious though: it can't think "hey, there's a fly, i should trap it!."

    There are sensors on the upper part of specialized leaves (the 'inside of the mouth' for lack of a better term). When something comes in contact with these, it sends a signal to the leaf to contract. Because this traps the insect inside, the sensors are constantly being touched, keeping the leaf closed, until the insect dies and is digested.

    Venus flytraps are just plants that have evolved a trapping mechanism. Other than that they aren't very different from most other plants.

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