Venus Fly Trap Research Paper

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The Amazing Venus Fly Trap The Venus Fly Trap is categorized as a carnivorous plant, meaning it catches its prey in order to survive. We know this because Charles Darwin was one of the first scientists to study the Venus Fly Trap in the 1860’s by dropping insects in the plant and watching it snap shut (Zimmer). Darwin is famous for his book titled The Origin of Species. In his book he talks about how evolution has taken a huge place in forming the life on our planet. When he studied the Venus Fly Trap, it was an ultimate example of evolution. The plant has adapted to its environment for many years by catching its prey since it fails to receive the necessary nutrients from the earth (Zimmer). The term “Venus” was given to the name of the plant from Venus, which is the pagan goddess of love and money (Meeker). So far, scientists believe that carnivorous plants have been on earth for over millions of years and are continuing to evolve. The Venus Fly Trap is believed to have evolved from one of its close relatives, the Drosera Regina. The Drosera also has dotted leaves that contain a sticky fluid that lures insects…show more content…
The reason they are naturally found in this region is because the acidic soil lacks the necessary nutrients the plant needs in order to survive therefor that is why they are called carnivorous plants, or meat eating plants (Thornton). Such nutrients include nitrogen that aids in making amino acids and proteins, phosphorous that serves as carrying ATP molecules, magnesium that helps enzymes work, calcium that helps make plant cell walls, and potassium to monitor the movement of water in the plant (Meeker). So in order to gain the necessary nutrients, the Trap catches insects such as flies, spiders, slugs, caterpillars, and crickets (Meeker). Now, we will move on to explain the structure of the

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