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How Does a Venus Flytrap Work? And Why Does it Need to Trap Flies?

Graphic layout of the articles posted below. Art by Richard Gunther

[Originally published on CR Ministries]

Snap Goes the Trap! ~Richard Gunther

The Venus flytrap is a plant that catches insects and eats them!

And insect enters the trap, and from that moment the plant’s design performs some amazing responses. First of all, it is all set and ready to close. But if it closed every time the wind disturbed it, or a leaf dropped into it, the plant would be constantly shut.

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The plant has three hairs inside. If an insect moves one hair, the trap stays open. Two hairs, and the same thing happens, but THREE hairs and SNAP!

Another design feature is the speed at which the trap shuts. Obviously, if it is too slow, it will never catch anything.

To understand how the trap works, cut a tennis ball in half, and bend one half backwards. Wait a moment and the tension is released with a snap.

The plant uses hydraulic pumps in the cells of its trap, to build up power so when the trap is triggered it will close quickly.

The SHAPE of the trap is also a design feature. Two half ovals, with long ‘teeth’ along the edge, that close past each other like fingers.

The flytrap reveals an intelligent designer.

To find out Who that designer is, read Genesis 1.

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But why would a good God want to trap insects? ~Paul Humber

Because he wants to feed the plant, but also because we live in a fallen world. Read about it in Romans 8.

But why would a good God impute the sin of our first parents to us? First, he knew that if we had been in Adam and Eve’s shoes, we would have done the same thing, but he also does the “imputation” in reverse.

You can receive the perfection of Jesus (his robe of righteousness) by faith. Just as you might think that it’s not fair for Adam and Eve’s sin to be imputed to you, so it could be imagined “unfair” for you to benefit from Jesus’ perfection—free gift received by faith.

Do you really think you are smarter than God? That’s a wrong attitude. You should be humble before your Maker. You are a work of his art. Does a painting have the right to be critical of an artist who painted something a certain way? In the same way, you should be humble before God—not critical of him. He has blessed you with life, health, healing, food, etc. Be humble before him.  Trust God—not man!

Did you know that Jesus wore a crown of thorns for his followers? I don’t know if that includes you, but it includes me. Why should I benefit from his gift of immortality but not you? Her’s how you can get it. Tell him sincerely in prayer that you know you have sinned many times. Ask him to forgive you and to be your Savior.

Cheri Fields Lake Michigan profile 2020

Written by Cheri Fields

Hi, I’m Cheri Fields: 2nd generation homeschooling mom of seven, wife, writer, and science lover. There is a wealth of information available to help people see how trustworthy God and His testimony in the Bible is. The key is to explain concepts simply so they can be understood by anyone. This is my goal, and I’ve had a lot of fun tackling areas where the world tests our faith.

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