Venus flytraps are the best-known carnivorous plants in the world, but they have always been notoriously difficult to grow indoors. Now there's a way!
Venus flytraps (Dionaea muscipula) are native to a very small region of coastal bogs in North and South Carolina. The permanently-wet and low-nutrient soils of these bogs make it very difficult for plants to survive, so these genius plants have developed a method for capturing nutrients in the form of live insects.
The first written description of Venus flytraps was made in 1759 by a North Carolina governor named Arthur Dobbs. While he did point out that the plants were capable of capturing flies, the first time these plants were referred to as "Venus flytraps" was in a letter penned by John Ellis in 1786.
Venus flytraps produce gaping mouths covered with teeth. Just give your terrarium bright, indirect light and they will multiply and grow for months before they need to be transplanted.
These incredible self-contained terrariums contain everything your plant needs to grow happily for many months. There is no watering or feeding required! Avoid direct sunlight to prevent overheating. The best light is a well-lit room indoors.
Transplanting is a snap!
According to Popular Science, robotic plants and animals seem to be taking a particular interest with scientists in today's growing society. Technicians in the states and in South Korea have built robot replicas of the Venus Flytrap, which can catch and digest its meals for fuel!