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    How fast should Drosera Capensis move?

    Howdy. I have a question about Drosera Capensis and how it feeds. I've always been under the impression that a Drosera Capensis leaf will curl over prey in a matter of hours. I just fed mine a large ant and the leaf completely curled over in less than 10 minutes.

    Is this normal?
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    depends on the health of the plant, and the temperature..
    healthier and/or warmer = faster.
    less healthy and/or cooler = slower.
    size of prey, and how many "tentacles" it engages, would also be a factor.
    so there are a lot of variables..

    10 minutes and 1 hour both sound reasonable and normal.

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    For me it depends on the variety as well. A capensis red seems a bit slower than a broad leafed one. 10 - 30 minutes I can have tightly curled leaves on all my capensis, though.

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    Mine seem to Close faster with live bugs compared to dead/fish food.

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