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Nature Notebook

Most people are familiar with the red, spiky leaves of a Venus flytrap plant. The red color and nectar oozing on the leaves’ edges are irresistible to insects. If, during its explorations, an insect touches special bristly hairs, the leaves snap shut in less than a second. Digestive solutions dissolve the insect over the course of a few days releasing much-needed nutrients for the plant’s survival.

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