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    if i stick a small bug on my Drosera Spathulata whats supposed to happen next? do the leave actuall move at all or does the bug just get digested as is?
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    For that species, I think the tantacles will be the only thing that will see action. The tentacles close by will slowly move to reach the bug and start digesting.
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    Not too many Drosera have visable tentacle motion, so you will have to do a time delay method of observation to appreciate the activity: check the plant hourly, and observe what is going on closely. Some "faster" species include glanduligera, burmanii, sessilifolia, and good old capensis. I watched my capensis alba ensnare a blue bottle wasp yesterday, quite large it was too! I would never have thought it capable. Within an hour, the leaf had rolled around the wasp.
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    With my spathulata, if I come back at intervals, I will see more and more tentacles bending over toward the bug and about an hour later the whole leaf will be folded in half over the bug. I have noticed though with some spiders that remain motionless the leaf will be slower to react, but I guess when it gets "a taste" of the spider and determines that it is something to eat, it eventually folds in half also.

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    With my spathulata, if I come back at intervals, I will see more and more tentacles bending over toward the bug and about an hour later the whole leaf will be folded in half over the bug. I have noticed though with some spiders that remain motionless the leaf will be slower to react, but I guess when it gets "a taste" of the spider and determines that it is something to eat, it eventually folds in half also.

    John

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