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Dionaea muscipula "Sandokan". venus fly trap. pigliamosche. (Photo by: Paroli Galperti/REDA&CO/UIG via Getty Images)

With appearances in pop-culture staples like The Addams Family and Little Shop of Horrors, Venus flytrap plants often get a bad rap for being creepy, carnivorous creatures that will eat just about anything.

While the creepy and carnivorous part might be true, the eating-anything part is not. As it turns out, Dionaea muscipula, that iconic little plant with the spiky, mouth-shaped leaves, is quite a picky–or savvy—eater.

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