I introduce to you the wild world of the genus Ceropegia. Distant relatives of milkweeds, these strange vines are native to parts of Africa, southern Asia, and Australia. Though quite varied, the floral morphology functions as a pollinator trap. Lured in by the scent, unsuspecting flies become trapped down inside the flower by downward pointing hairs. After sufficient time to guarantee pollinia have been attached, the hairs wither and the flies are free to fall into the same trap on another plant.

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this is how i want to die.

….with a huge fly stuck down your throat, covered in your genetic material?