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Venus fly trap

Venus fly trap

B610/0083

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2480 x 3888 pixels

21.1 x 33.0 cm ⏐ 8.3 x 13.0 in (300dpi)

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DR JEREMY BURGESS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY DR JEREMY BURGESS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Macrophotograph of the Venus fly trap plant, Dionaea muscipula, showing the open leaves & trigger hairs. The leaves are designed like a sophisticated mechanical trap; they are two-lobed, with a rib down the middle that functions like a hinge. The edge of each lobe has long thin spines which interlock to form a prison when the two lobes close around an unwary insect. The closure of the leaf is triggered by the three long, touch- sensitive hairs on the inner surface of each lobe. When an insect is trapped, the leaf secretes an enzyme which helps to decompose it, releasing carbon & nitrogen for the plant's use.

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