Collecting Carnivorous Plants

Collecting carnivorous plants is a great hobby for adults and children alike; in fact, it is one of the few classes of flora that garners equal attention from both young and old. Part of the reason for this is that they are atypical for their food needs, trapping insects for nourishment in very animate ways: be it the mouth-like appendages of the Venus Fly Trap (whose Latin name, Dionaea muscipula, literally means ‘mousetrap’) or the sticky arms of the Sundew, which slowly curls over their victims once they are entangled. While they look like vegetation, carnivorous plants seem to act like animals, and it is that unique characteristic that always seems to fascinate us.

So, let’s start with the Venus Fly Trap, which was originally found in the wild in a 60-mile radius of Wilmington, North