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    Lightning Bugs as CP Food?

    So as I sit out back reading tonight, I realized that the numerous lightning bugs flying around would be easy targets to feed to my plants. They are slow, obviously easy to spot, and pretty substantial size wise. My only thought was that maybe the chemical that allows them to flash their thoraxs might be different enough chemically then other parts of the bug to make them bad for a plant.

    Just a thought and I was igf anyone else had tried feeding these to plants.

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    I was thinking about this myself just before.

    I don't think it would be a problem. In fact, I'm 95% sure my vft has caught one on it's own before.

    But I could be wrong... I guess we'll have to wait and see if your plant starts glowing!
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    Has anyone really been far even as decided to use even go want to do look more like?

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    I wouldn't think those chemicals and the enzyme would be detrimental to plants. I think it would be more of a deterrent for animals as supposeeldy it tastes bad (I wouldn't know). I have heard people say that plant parts sometimes rot after feeding but that's how it normally goes anyway. It's worth a shot once I'd say.
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    I guess I will let a sarr of mine be the test subject then. Already it's cool to see the pitchers flashing from the inside.

    And while I know it's not how things work, I can picture in my a head a scenario where the pitcher incorporates the enzyme into it's own system and lures many bugs to their death...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vbkid View Post
    And while I know it's not how things work, I can picture in my a head a scenario where the pitcher incorporates the enzyme into it's own system and lures many bugs to their death...
    Now we're 'talkin!
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    Has anyone really been far even as decided to use even go want to do look more like?

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    I think I've heard people express concern over this before, but if I recall correctly, it hasn't shown itself to be a real problem. My guess would be that if any plant had a problem with it, it might be VFTs, which can also be finicky about stuff like the formic acid in ants. But Sarracenia should be able to handle it - my Sarrs catch tons of ants in the summer and never seem to mind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vbkid View Post
    And while I know it's not how things work, I can picture in my a head a scenario where the pitcher incorporates the enzyme into it's own system and lures many bugs to their death...
    Okay, somebody smart out there make fast with the gene-splicing!
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    My neps catch those all the time, no negative effects so far.
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