McMahon, Casey Ray
Ecology - Life/Social Sciences
January 20, 2017
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Mainstream knowledge and experts claim that the Venus’s flytrap (Dionaea Musipula), also known as the Venus flytrap, should not be fed meat. In this paper, I present an experiment which demonstrates that feeding red meat to Venus’s Flytrap plants results in increased health, increased leaf length and size, increased leaf number, and faster growth in the Venus’s flytrap. I had two pots, both containing Venus’s flytrap plants purchased from a Bunnings warehouse store in Melbourne, Australia. One pot was labeled the “Control group”, the other the “Experimental group.” I fed the experimental group raw red meat, while the control group were free to catch insects as they normally would. It was found that feeding red meat to the Venus’s flytrap was better for them than an insect based diet.