The scientific name for the Venus flytrap is Dionaea muscipula. This carnivorous plant is known for its ability to trap and eat insects. Common insects eaten by Venus flytrap plants include spiders, flies, beetles, and even mosquitoes. If you or your child are interested in science, you may want to purchase a few of these plants. Science teachers may also purchase Venus flytrap plants for their students to observe. There are a few places you can buy a Venus flytrap plant.
Read up on Venus flytraps before you purchase one. Sizes and colors vary greatly, and they are not a good indicator of a Venus flytrap's health. Brown or black leaves, however, do indicate that the Venus flytrap is not doing well. Don't buy a Venus flytrap that looks like this because the brown or black leaves could be growing fungus or mold that will spread to the rest of the plant and kill it.
Go to your local garden center. Although most garden centers do not carry carnivorous plants, some do. You can also ask the owner of the garden center to order a Venus flytrap if he doesn't carry them. The owner may agree to do this if you pay in advance.
Visit your nearest home improvement store. Many home improvement stores have a gardening section where they carry various plants. You may be able to find a Venus flytrap.
Stop by any department stores in your area that has their own gardening center. If there is a demand for Venus flytraps in your area, they may carry them.
Visit the International Carnivorous Plant Society website (see Resources) for information on online retailers which sell Venus flytraps. Some retailers specialize in carnivorous plants. You will have to pay extra for shipping and handling, but it is worth it to end up with a healthy flytrap.
Pick up any extras you will need after you purchase your Venus flytrap plant. For example, you may need a larger pot for your flytrap. Also, Flytrap Care recommends that you plant your flytrap in half peat moss and half perlite.