Amazing pictures of Venus Fly Trap plants eating all kinds of animals including a frog!

spider caught by venus trap
It's a Trap!

Awesome photos of Venus Fly Trap plants eating flies and spiders...

Venus Fly Traps were one of the most fascinating things I ever saw as a child.

We had one in the kitchen and my Dad showed me how to taunt them by poking them with a pencil to get them to close shut.

He once pretended to get his finger eaten by one too which totally terrified me. The joke was on him though as later that day there was a terrible chainsaw accident which we don't really talk about.

So for those not in the loop, the Venus Fly Trap (also Venus's Flytrap or Venus' Flytrap) is a carnivorous plant that catches and digests animal prey.

Their diet usually consist of insects and spiders.

And a note, yes, plants are not animals, I know......

venus fly trap eating a fly
Caught in a Trap
As I'm sure Admiral Akbar would point out, the Venus' trapping structure is formed by the terminal portion of each of the plant's leaves and is triggered by tiny hairs on their inner surfaces.

When an insect, worm or spider walking along the leaves contacts a hair, the trap will close if a different individual hair is contacted generally within twenty seconds of the first strike.

This is a kind of fail safe mechanism to preserve the Venus Trap's energy by preventing it from catching items with no nutritional value.

Any way's you came here for the action shots of Venus Fly Traps eating their prey like worms and flies so here you go:

Flies caught in a trap
Single Fly Caught in the Venus Fly Trap
 Here's a treat for every hungry Venus Trap, a frog! How the hell the plant was strong enough to keep this jumping fellow, I don't know but I think it's a pretty impressive effort!

frog captured by a venus fly trap
Frog's Legs on the Menu tonight!

I bet this grasshopper totally regrets jumping around willy nilly now!
venus flytrap captures a grass hopper
Grasshopper caught in a very hungry trap
Silhouette of a bee in the plant's trap

I think the below picture is a case of the early Venus Fly Trap gets the worm!
Worm about to get snapped in the trap! Side Bar: Bat eating a worm