How do Venus flytraps trap flies?

Venus flytraps: The plants that have fascinated and freaked many of us out since we were kids. How do they do what they do? Most plants just kinda sit there and soak up water and sunlight, but not Venus flytraps. How do they sense flies? How do they trap them? How do they eat them? Oh also, is it chemistry? Let's find out.

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Venus flytraps: The plants that have fascinated and freaked many of us out since we were kids. How do they do what they do? Most plants just kinda sit there and soak up water and sunlight, but not Venus flytraps. How do they sense flies? How do they trap them? How do they eat them? Oh also, is it chemistry? Let's find out.

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References from this episode
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