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    One of my N. x edinensis' pitchers have caught so much ants that it has exceeded the water line. There's so much ants that any new ant that enters the trap is just walking over dead ant corpses. Is it ok to add some water or will the pitcher produce water or fluid or whatever that thing is. The ants just keep coming in, like lemmings jumping off a cliff.

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    I wouldn't add water, it dilutes the enzymes in the pitcher and reduces it ability to break down what's in there.
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    just take a spoon and put part of the ants from that pitcher to another pitcher on the same plant, if you'r really worried.

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    Hmmm... am wondering if each individual pitchers behave differently,thus catching different number of bugs but all are for benefit of the main plant.

    A socialist would share equal, capitalist-take all and that would suffocate the pitcher. Iam neither [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] ,will follow clint's method.

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    A spray bottle will usually help wash the insects down into the acid pool, just don't overdue it.

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