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“The Green Reapers”

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This short film from artist Thomas Blanchard focuses on carnivorous plants and their prey. These plants — including Venus fly traps, sundews, and pitcher plants — rely on fluids both to attract and capture their prey. Plants like the Venus fly trap build turgor pressure in their cells to move and prop open their leaves. Once triggered, a mechanical release allows the fluid pressure to snap the trap closed. Sweet-smelling fluids invite insects in, only to become nightmarishly difficult to escape once prey try to unstick themselves from the highly viscoelastic liquids. (Video and image credit: T. Blanchard; via Colossal)

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