National Geographic : 1954 Nov
(S) National Geographic Society + "Come into My Parlor": The Venus' Flytrap Entices an Unwary Victim Sensitive hairs on the inner surface of each leaf lobe trigger the remarkable Dionaea muscipula, a bog prod uct of North Carolina. Touched by a wandering insect, the lobes swing swiftly shut, and spiked prongs on the outer edges interlace like fingers of clasped hands. Kodachromes by Paul A. Zahl 4+ The Trap Snaps Shut; Locked in a Barred Cage, a Fly Faces Death A digestive fluid secreted from the plant's glands helps to disintegrate the insect and absorb it. Within 10 days the lobes open again, ready to catch new prey. Each leaf can repeat the devouring process two or three times before it reaches maturity and dies.