Insects Beware

by Ann Parham



        In these lessons  you will be introduced to several plants that eat insects. They are carnivorous (meat-eating) plants. Carnivorous plants are found in various parts of the world.

        In these lessons, several types of carnivorous plants will be compared and contrasted in different ways.  It is designed for students in grades three through six.

        These lessons are recommended to be used as science and reading lessons.



             Completing these lessons should increase student's ability to:





sundew + venus flytrap + trumpet pitcher + bladderwort + tropical pitcher plant +buttewort

        Have fun. Happy eating.

For information on the above and more pictures, click on the following site,  Hungry Plants.

Their are many varieties of carnivorous plants. The following site includes carnivorous plants found in South Africa.


If you are interested in  carnivorous plants, click here for more exciting information.


VOCABULARY:  active, fossils, pesticides, soil, botanical, carnivorous, 

nectar passive, trapdoor, chemicals, funnels ,prey, pitcher, meat-eating, swamp,

 victim, attract capture, digest, acid, survive, wetlands, marsh




   Directions:   Answer the following questions.

1. What is the name of the sweet-smelling liquid produced by plants?

2. What kind of insect-eating plant has a trap that moves ?

3. What kind of insect-eating plant has a trap that does not move?

4. Name four kinds of  insect-eating plants?

5. What is another name for insect-eating plants?



    Directions:   Rearrange the letters of the jumbled words to find the correct word.

Jumbled Word               Clue                    Correct Word


1. nicsset                   bugs                     ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ s___  


2. yartplf                    venus                 ___  l___  ___  ___  ___  a___  ___


3. atvice                      a plant that has

                                   a trap that moves       ___ ___ t___ ___ ___ ___


4. tercan                      sweet smelling  liquid   ___ ___ ___ ___ a___ ___  



Directions: For each of the plants listed below, tell how the plants trap their food.

1. Venus flytraps                    _____________________________________



2. Sundews                                      ____________________________________________



3. Trumpet pitcher plant            ___________________________________



4. Buttewort                             __________________________________





   Directions:  Complete the following diagram to show how the bladderwort plant and the pitcher plants are alike and different.






HANDOUT: (homework activity)

Create an imaginary carnivorous plant.

What will you call it?

How will it capture its prey?

Draw a picture to show what your plant will look like.



Throughout the world, from tropical swamps to upland marsh, some more than 300,000 different species exist. Some live in trees, some underwater, but typically they grow in soil that is wet and acid and usually deficient in the nitrates and phosphates that plant life requires.                                                                           

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