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    Anyone ever have a problem with waking up in the morning, looking at your plants, and realizing a pitcher blew up in the middle of the night?

    So far it happened with a Sarracenia purpurea ssp venosa and a Nep. There were leaf pieces everywhere and only the very bottom of the pitcher is still intact. It doesn't look like it was dying, it looks like it blew up. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif[/img]
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    Wierd! Sounds like something chewed it up and spat out the pieces. Were the bugs inside gone as if something was searching for food?

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    Yeah, nothing was left in them. Hmm, that's an idea, maybe racoons? There's a family up in a tree back there. But the pitcher didn't look crushed in or torn, it looks almost like a wasp that was too big, fit in, and went completely ballistic. Besides, the racoons eat cat food and garbage. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif[/img]

    From the way the pitcher looks, it definately happened from the inside out. Both times.
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    I would tend to believe something made a meal of it, or tried to make a meal of it. There's a plethora of creatures that could've done it: slugs, coons, cats, squirrels, etc. I've been battling squirrels lately. They've been going after ripening flower heads on my Sarracenia. Took me awhile to figure it out. I would just notice every occasional morning that a flower was gone, as if someone had just clipped it off near the top.

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    Any chance it's lousy neihborhood kids putting small fire crackers in your pitchers?

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    Hehehe, schloaty, that's what I thought at first. Like I said, it's not that it was eaten, if it was eaten it wouldn't be scattered in pieces in a blast area of a one foot radius. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif[/img] Seriously, anyone ever have a bumble bee get caught in a three inch pitcher and actually break out?

    The slugs seem to eat the tops of plants by me, the cat's outside leave my plants alone actually...kind of weird...could have been racoons...but they have food usually. I'll look for tracks near the plants or hair or slug slime, but it really just looks like it blew up. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/confused.gif[/img]

    Both of them.
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    Squirrels will shred things...not necessarily eat them. They will just tear plants up I guess in the process of looking for food to eat. They also got my ONE sarra flower this spring. I was so upset. Last year they tore up my plants something awful but this year there is hardly a one. Don't know why but I'm thankful. I hope it stays that way but the pecans ripening on my pecan tree probably mean the lull won't last.

    Sorry to hear about your plants. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif[/img]

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    I have had wasps cut their way out of pitchers before.
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