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    Hello everyone,

    Today, when I was checking on my S. Leucophylia, I saw little worm-like bugs crawling around in the pile of dead bugs in my pitcher.... I counted the little things, there where about 5 or 6 of them, they are about 10mm long, and looked transparent. you can see what they've been eating inside them, and you can also see there little black mouths....

    Are they harmfull? what should I do?

    Also, I was wondering, should you be able to see nectar all the time at the begining of the pichers? they used to be moist & stuff, but now, they just look "normal"....

    I hope all of you guys can help me....

    Greetings & happy growing,

    WildFire

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    Sounds like maggots that have hatched in the pitchers from some flies caught inside. I would not worry to much.

    The nectar on the pitchers dries up as the pitchers gets older. It is still there and attracting insects. Could be due to low humidity in your arera too.
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    maggots? everybody else agrees?[img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/confused.gif[/img] I had my mother take a look, and she said "dat kunnen geen maaien zijn" [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/alien.gif[/img] Translation: "that can't be maggots" [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif[/img] Anyway, I guess looks like my leucophylia is breeding his own food! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]

    Greetings & happy growing!

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    Wildfire, is the worm really thin? If it is I've had this same worm appear in my water trays before. Usually in new plants i just recieved in the mail. I don't think they are maggots. Maggots are usually whitish colored and don't have a black head. I could be wrong though.


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    ehh, hmm, Just a sec, I'll take a realy close & good look......

    *runs away to check on his plants*

    Yeah, there realy thin, I know maggots, and i thought, maybe these are realy young maggots.... but they don't look like them... What did you do with the worms, buckeye?? And remember, Their INSIDE my S. Leucophylia..... not the watering tray...


    Greetings & happy growing,

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    Why not just pour some distilled water into the pitchers and drown em? [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]
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    I COULD do that, larry, BUT, like buckeye said, if it appeared on his watering tray, I guess they can swim... But anyway, thanx for the idea!

    Greetings & happy growing,

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    Those are the larvae of sarcophagus flies. They lay their eggs in dead things, and pitcher plants are a perfect place. They won't kill your plant, but they usually will cause the pitcher to turn brown, in the area they are congregated. I always leave mine alone. Unless you plug up every pitcher with cotton balls, you're bound to get them if you keep them outside. I have around 70 sarracenias and at any given time, probably only around 6 pitchers total have maggots in them. If you only have a couple of plants, and want them to look nice, plug the pitchers with cotton balls once they start filling up with bugs. That way, they'll still get a meal, but the sarcophagus flies won't be able to get in there.

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