How to Draw a Venus Flytrap

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Most of the time, bugs eat plants. But sometimes, the plants eat the bugs! One well-known variety of bug-eating plants is the Venus flytrap. This plant has a "mouth" at the end of its leaves. When small hairs called trichomes are touched by insects, the mouth snaps shut, trapping the insect.

Why does this plant eat bugs? It grows in soil that has few nutrients. Ants, beetles, grasshoppers, and spiders serve as a dietary supplement.

Venus flytraps are native to North and South Carolina in the United States. They are kept as interesting potted plants all over the world. Perhaps the most famous, though fictional, specimen is Audrey II from Little Shop of Horrors. In the original film, this people-eating plant was a cross between a Venus flytrap and a butterwort, another carnivorous plant. In later versions, the character was an alien from outer space.

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The Venus flytrap is one of nearly 700 species of carnivorous plants. Others include the pitcher plant, cobra lily, butterwort, sundew, and bladderwort. The Venus flytrap is unique, however, in that it actually moves to catch its prey.

Would you like to draw a cartoon of a Venus flytrap? This easy, step-by-cartoon plant drawing tutorial is here to show you how. All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to color your finished drawing.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Lily of the Valley, Butterfly garden, and Cartoon Spider.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Venus Flytrap

Venus Flytrap drawing - step 1
How to Draw Venus Flytrap: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing the flower pot. First, draw a narrow horizontal oval. Draw a curved line above and below it, and connect them on the ends with short straight lines. Extend two straight lines below this shape, and connect them with a curved line at the bottom.

Venus Flytrap drawing - step 2
How to Draw Venus Flytrap: Step 2

2. Extend a pair of curved lines upward from the opening of the pot. The lines should converge at the top. This forms the plant's stem.

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Venus Flytrap drawing - step 3
How to Draw Venus Flytrap: Step 3

3. Erase overlapping lines from the stem. Use curved lines to draw a sideways heart shape. This is the mouth or trap of the plant. The trap isn't actually a flower, but two hinged lobes located at the end of each leaf.

Venus Flytrap drawing - step 4
How to Draw Venus Flytrap: Step 4

4. Draw a curved line across each lobe of the plant, meeting at a gentle point near the point of the heart. Then, draw a curved line between the lobes. This is called the midrib or hinge.

Venus Flytrap drawing - step 5
How to Draw Venus Flytrap: Step 5

5. Draw pairs of curved lines extending from the edge of the lobe. Allow the lines to meet at points, forming narrow triangular shapes. These are the plant's "teeth."

Venus Flytrap drawing - step 6
How to Draw Venus Flytrap: Step 6

6. Draw pairs of curved lines that meet at points along the edge of the remaining lobe.

Venus Flytrap drawing - step 7
How to Draw Venus Flytrap: Step 7

7. Draw the plant's leaves. Extend pairs of curved lines from the base of the plant and from its stem. Allow each pair to meet at a point, outlining the leaf. Draw a curved line down its center to indicate the central leaf vein. Give some of the leaves a drooping appearance by drawing a curved triangle at the tip, and extend the vein.

Venus Flytrap drawing - step 8
How to Draw Venus Flytrap: Step 8

8. Draw a flying insect about to become this plant's next meal. Draw an oval for the eye, and partial oval shapes for the remaining eye and the head. Then, extend curved lines and double them back upon themselves to outline the wings. Enclose another partial oval to form the body, with short curved lines indicating the legs.

Venus Flytrap drawing - step 9
How to Draw Venus Flytrap: Step 9

9. Detail the insides of the mouth with curved lines. Draw an overlapping spiral behind the bug to indicate movement.

Complete Venus Flytrap drawing
How to Draw Venus Flytrap: Step 10

Color your cartoon Venus flytrap. These plants are usually bright green with pink or red inner lobes.

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