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Timelapse footage of the trap of a Venus flytrap (Dionaea muscipula) trap tightening around a fly as it digests it. The Venus flytrap is a carnivorous plant that evolved in wetlands, where the soil is very nutrient-poor. It uses modified leaves that secrete an appealing mucilage to attract flies and other insects, but the leaves bear touch-sensitive hairs that rapidly close around their prey if triggered correctly. The traps then secrete digestive enzymes that extract nutrients from the fly.
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