Venus Fly Trap Plant Waste
Date: Winter 2009-2010
How do venus fly traps release natural wastes?
Venus fly traps dissolve out the chemicals they need from the insect's body
Then open and let the wind blow the remains out of the trap.
Google "Venus Fly Trap" and you will find lots of really neat articles on
the internet, like
And this from the Boy Scouts (this has cool pictures):
and here is another:
I think you are asking about what happens to the remains of the insect. After the trap
has closed upon the insect, enzymes digest soft parts of the insect, and then when the t
rap re-opens, the husk of chitin (the exoskeleton of the insect) is just discarded
with the wind or falls out of the trap.
Anthony R. Brach, PhD
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