This presentation will be answering how photosynthesis and the insects that are eaten play in the survival of Venus fly traps.
How Photosynthesis Plays a Part in the Survival of Venus Fly Traps
Just like in any other plant, photosynthesis plays a big role in the survival of Venus fly traps. Venus fly traps use photosynthesis to get sugars. Also, photosynthesis gives the plant it's energy in order to be able to do its job of eating insects.
How Venus Fly Traps Get the Rest of Their Nutrients
Venus fly traps are not only producers, they are also carnivores. They get their nutrients from bugs. The leaves of a Venus fly trap open wide and on them are short, stiff hairs called trigger or sensitive hairs. When anything touches these hairs enough to bend them, the two lobes of the leaves snap shut trapping whatever is inside.
Like other plants, Venus' Flytraps gather nutrients from gases in the air and nutrients in the soil. However, they live in poor soil and are healthier if they get nutrients from insects. Because of people's fascination with these plants, they collected many of them and they became endangered.