Insects, spiders, and other arthropods meet their doom in this stunning, but unnerving timelapse video, capturing the movements of carnivorous plants. It took 107 days of straight shooting to capture all of this dangerous beauty.
It's a fly's worst nightmare: a Venus flytrap sprouts legs so that it can chase down its prey. But that's not all that happens in this short and charming animated film.
Certain plants have gone from helpfully purifying the air to devouring the flesh of animals. But how? Find out why some plants went rogue and began capturing living prey. More importantly, can we stop them from one day eating us?
Artist Karen, a.k.a. dogzillalives, puts an extra creepy spin on the already freaky carnivorous plants. Her sculpture looks like someone spliced human DNA with one of the piranha plants from Super Mario Bros.
The plant kingdom harbors more than a few deadly carnivores – but what is it like to fall prey to such a predator? A new video lets us experience death at the jaws of some of nature's more voracious flora.
Physically active carnivorous plants like the venus fly trap are nothing new to science, but what is new is the discovery of an Australian sundew plant that uses quick motion touch-sensitive tentacles to trap unsuspecting prey. The research indicates that carnivorous plants can cover a larger area, and react much…
When we think of carnivorous plants, we usually think of the clamping maw of the Venus Fly trap, or the rodent-luring pitcher plants — plants that keep their traps safely above ground where we can see them. But the seemingly innocent flowering plants of genus Philcoxia keep their weapons lurking underground, sticky…
Lacking any sort of nervous system, how do carnivorous plants like the aquatic bladderworts move with enough speed and purpose to catch their prey? These waterbound bug eaters are covered in tiny bladders which they've squeezed all the water out of, leaving them with an internal pressure lower than outside.
The tiny bladderwort plant may not be much to look at - and yeah, its name is beyond silly - but it's the deadliest hunter in the plant kingdom. It can trap prey in less than a millisecond, over a hundred times faster than the Venus fly-trap and with an incredible 600 Gs of force - about twelve times what it would…
In Borneo, carnivorous pitcher plants and 4-centimeter-long bats have teamed up for what's possibly nature's most heavy-metal-album-cover-friendly mutualistic relationship. The bats take shelter in the pitcher plants, and the plants feast on the bats' nitrogen-rich guano in turn.
Carl Zimmer has written a great essay for National Geographic about the indignities suffered when fauna are eaten by flora. It's accompanied by Helene Schmitz's utterly beautiful images of deadly plants, and we've got a lusciously disturbing gallery.
It's no Triffid, but a new species of giant pitcher plant discovered in the highlands of the Philippines has a hunger for mammalian flesh. Fortunately, they're mostly interested in insects and rodents — at least for now.