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Venus Flytrap

Venus Flytrap

"What about the Venus Flytrap?" A good friend asked me, knowing my interest in monsters. "Venus Flytrap? What's that?" I responded. "The carnivorous plant, you know," she said. I went home and did a quick Google search to verify the plant I was thinking of was indeed what my friend was talking about.

What a strange name. I knew the plant by its Japanese name, haejigoku, which means fly hell, which makes sense. This plant traps insects, melts and sucks their guts out, and spits out the crunchy parts. But why in the world would Venus want to capture flies? Is there some kind of a story to this?

So that got me thinking about the plant some more, and the result is what you see here.

The friend who suggested the plant has a low-res inkjet printout of this picture on her refrigerator door. I find that flattering.

Venus Flytrap

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