The Late Movies: 13 Carnivorous Plants Eating Insects...and More
Tonight, prepare to be a little grossed out: videos of carnivorous plants eating stuff. Not for the faint of heart!
Sundew vs. Fruit Fly Timelapse
Taken over six hours.
Venus Flytrap vs. Slug
The audio is just buzzing, making it even more bizarre.
Venus Flytrap vs. Fly
Tense. Audio is bad/unimportant.
Venus Flytrap vs. Butterfly and Frog
That might actually be a moth, but still. Yeek.
Venus Flytrap vs. Spider
The spider is being fed to the plant. Sad.
Venus Flytrap vs. Ladybug
Now this is way sadder than the spider.
Venus Flytrap and Pitcher Plants vs. David Attenborough
Sir David is not eaten. Just wanted to be clear about that. This one ends with a cliffhanger!
Sundew Plant vs. Flies
Apparently from the same documentary as the video above.
Pitcher Plant vs. Mouse
The video's YouTube title kinda gives away the ending to this one. But still, it's touch and go for a bit, particularly near the end. And apparently later it didn't go so well.
This video is a bit slow (partly because the bladderwort is such a tiny plant), but hey, it's eating insects too!
Pitchers With Fangs
A look at some scary stuff at Kew Gardens. "These ones can actually catch mammals!"
How Pitcher Plants Work
A nice video from New Scientist explaining how the pitcher plant works. Science!
Check out: The Hunting Strategies of Carnivorous Plants, Stunning but Deadly Carnivorous Plants, and Madagascar’s Legendary Man-Eating Tree. You might also enjoy Wild View: Carnivorous Plants, a short documentary on carnivorous plants focusing on those found in the wilds of the US.