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Venus Flytraps Capturing Pollinators

Researchers have identified which species are responsible for pollinating the carnivorous plants, but it's unclear why the plants don't eat them

 Venus Flytraps Capturing Pollinators

Burmese-python

PHOTOGRAPH BY VINCENT J. MUSI, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CREATIVE

A Burmese python entwines Albert Killian in the Florida home he shares with 60 snakes. Tags noting the proper antivenom—and the nearest hospital that carries it—are posted next to venomous pets

Treated like a princess

PHOTOGRAPH BY VINCENT MUSI, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CREATIVE

Ohio veterinarian Melanie Butera took in Dillie after the blind farm deer’s mother rejected her. Dillie used to sleep with Butera but now has her own room. “She’s treated like a princess,” says Butera

checkered beetle

PHOTOGRAPH BY ELSA YOUNGSTEADT

A recent study from NC State University finds that the checkered beetle is one of several insects that plays an important role in pollinating Venus flytraps

Dionaea muscipula

PHOTOGRAPH BY CLYDE SORENSON

Venus flytraps (Dionaea muscipula) are in a genus all their own, and are native to a relatively small area on the East Coast

John Matu

PHOTOGRAPH BY VINCENT J. MUSI, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CREATIVE

John Matus bought Boo Boo impulsively as a cub. Last summer the Ohio man gave her to a wildlife sanctuary. “She needs to be with her own kind,” he says. “It’s a lonely life.

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Notch tipped

PHOTOGRAPH BY CLYDE SORENSON

The notch-tipped flower longhorn beetle is one of several insects that plays an important role in pollinating Venus flytraps. The study also found that Venus flytraps do not prey on these pollinator species

patas monkey

PHOTOGRAPH BY VINCENT J. MUSI, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CREATIVE

Bobbi Phelan bought a patas monkey in part because they tend to avoid conflict. Even so, Eujo once got loose and scratched Phelan’s son and bit her dog. Eujo’s cage is attached to the living room of Phelan’s Indiana home, with a pet door leading outside to a larger enclosure

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zoologist

PHOTOGRAPH BY VINCENT J. MUSI, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CREATIVE

Alison Pascoe Friedman, a zoologist, acquired Amelia in 1980 as a rescue and trained her for a behavioral research project. When the project ended, she brought the capuchin monkey to her home in New York. Amelia, 45, died in her sleep after this photo was taken

References : Nationalgeographic

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