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    KuSa
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    I am conducting an experiment in regards to VFT and have conducted much research into the topic. Does any one have any ideas about an experiment. I have thought about conducting an experiment to see whether a fly can survive solely on the consumption of flies. This would be conducted in terrariums, and in the dark.. I know that the plant which receives no food will die since it can photosyntheses, the other plant will be able to collect flies naturally, and the other plant will be fed regulary....What do you think...Any suggestions

    Thanks in advance

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    Quote (KuSa @ April 02 2003,4:46)
    I am conducting an experiment in regards to VFT and have conducted much research into the topic. Does any one have any ideas about an experiment. I have thought about conducting an experiment to see whether a fly can survive solely on the consumption of flies. This would be conducted in terrariums, and in the dark.. I know that the plant which receives no food will die since it can't photosynthesize, the other plant will be able to collect flies naturally, and the other plant will be fed regulary....What do you think...Any suggestions

    Thanks in advance[/QUOTE]
    welcome to the forums!
    could you explain better? i don't see what flys eating flys has to do with a cp science project.
    vfts can survive on only flys.
    vfts can survive with no food at all, I don't see why you think it will die without food. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/confused.gif[/img]

    I have done a science project on flytraps, I researched and tryed everything, propagation, feeding, life cycle, carbon oxygen cycle, etc you might want to try stuff like that

    it will be interesting to see if the flytrap in the dark lives, only living on flys. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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    My guess would be "no". I think that CPs only get nutrients from their prey, not energy.

    You could do an experiment to see whether feeding them hamburger really does kill them, using a control that is fed a similar amount of insect material.

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    just DON'T do an experiment on whether feeding a vft trap supertrive directly in the traps benifits the plant. i tried that. put about half a drop in the mouth. triggered it to close. left the toothpick in there and further moved the toothpick to simulate live prey. sure enough. the trap turned black. so i cut it off. not 6 days later the center of the plant turned brown and died. ...so if you wanted to know. ...now you know. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img] another vft looses it's life to science.
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    Hey adnedarn, was that the diluted superthive?
    And though the Heavens and the Earth pass away.

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    Hi KuSa

    Welcome to the forums!

    Perhaps you could do a project to demonstrate how the VFT has particular care requirements (that simulate its natural environment). You could have two plants...one you care for in the proper way, one you "break all the rules." You could chart the growth of the two plants and record the differences. That way, you could explain how the plant lives naturally in nutrient poor soil and it evolved to eat bugs as a supplement, etc.

    Have one plant in proper soil, good lighting, water with pure water. Have another in low light, water with tap water, have in regular potting soil and use fertilizer...etc.

    But I think your classmates might enjoy learning about carnivorous plants and how to grow them properly.

    Only bad thing is you'll sacrifice a VFT. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/confused.gif[/img]

    Just an idea! Good luck!

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    one half PURE drop!!! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]
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    Quote (adnedarn @ April 03 2003,03:37)
    triggered it to close. left the toothpick in there and further moved the toothpick to simulate live prey. sure enough. the trap turned black.[/QUOTE]
    I had a similar experience when i bit into a lemon.
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