Factors affecting prey collection by a local “charismatic” species, the Venus flytrap

Presenter: 
Dr. John Hutchens, Professor of Ecology (CCU)
Event Location: 
BCCMWS 100
Event Date: 
Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 3:00pm
Event Type: 
SCMSS Seminar Series

Abstract

Prey catching by the carnivorous Venus flytrap has long stimulated great interest among both scientists and the general public. Charles Darwin even studied prey capture using flytraps sent to him from North Carolina, and hypothesized that flytraps are selected to collect large prey. I will present research conducted by CCU students and faculty about prey collection by local populations of the Venus flytrap. Our research has investigated Venus flytrap diet composition (do they actually eat flies?), whether they mostly collect large prey as Darwin suggested, whether prey collection should be considered when restoring flytrap populations, and how they function as predators.

Speaker Information

Dr. John Hutchens is a Full Professor in Ecology at Coastal Carolina University in the Department of Biology. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia in 2000. 

More information about him and his work can be found here.