Venus flytraps get their nutrients by chomping down on crawling insects that wander into their territory. Any bug is fair game, whether it’s a fly, mosquito, spider, beetle, or other small insect. They especially love munching on bugs like houseflies.
Venus flytraps don’t just clamp shut spontaneously. They actually have tiny sensitive hairs on their lobes that trigger the trap to close. The trap will only snap shut when these hairs are touched multiple times within about 20 seconds.
In springtime, Venus flytraps send up shoots that bloom beautiful white flowers with light green veining. So when they are not catching and eating bugs, these carnivorous plants are producing delicate flowers. The flowers attract pollinators like bees and butterflies.
Venus flytraps are perennial plants that live for many years. In fact, they can thrive for 20 years or longer in the wild. Each season, a Venus flytrap will sprout new leaf traps from its underground stems and roots.