Carnivorous Plants

Sundew Plant

Sundew plants can be found in Australia and South Africa. They like Boggy or marshy areas to grow in.


Many sundew plants are brightly coloured, each tentacle makes a nectar which is also a powerful glue.  When an insect stops to feed on the nectar, the tentacle curls up and traps the insect.

The plant then digests the insect and absorbs it’s nutrients.


Some types of sundew grow low to the ground, others can grow more than 1.2 metres tall.

Pitcher Plant

Pitcher plants grow in tropical areas. They can be found in Sri Lanka, Australia, Madagascar and the Seychelles.


Another name for the pitcher plant is ‘monkey cup’.


The pitcher plant lures is prey with a sweet nectar, wonderful fragrance and bright colours.


Once the insect is inside, the lid covers the top and the insect is trapped and drowns in the sticky liquid inside the cup. The sides are so slippery that the insect cannot climb out.


Bats and rats visit the pitcher plant, the plant does not eat them but instead uses the animal’s poop to get it’s nitrogen.


One of the pitcher family grows as big as a football!

Venus Flytrap

Venus flytraps have flowers in spring, this way the bugs that pollinate them won’t get trapped. The flowers grow on tall stalks.


The leaves are on hinges that close when an insect lands on the hairs inside. The hairs must be touched twice within 20 seconds to trigger the trap. Each trap is used around 6 times and then dies.

New traps are continually growing to take the place of the dead one.


Once the trap is closed the plant digests the insect and absorbs the nutrients. It takes about 7 - 10 days before the trap is ready to open again.


The flytraps grow in boggy areas of North and South Carolina.