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    Does this worm live in your pitchers?

    Recently I noticed some worms seem to live in some pitchers of my N. glabrata. The worm is about 1-2cm long, and very thin, like a thread.

    Here is the pic. Does any one have any idea about what is this? How to kill them?



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    mosquito larva? Never seen them out of water..

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    No, not the mosquito larva. It is much thinner and longer than the larva. And it is live just above the water in the pitchers (I am not sure whether the worm can enter the water, I just saw them on the pitcher inside wall above the water).
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    http://www.carnivorousplants.org/how...GnatLarvae.php

    maybe it's that? just a suggestion.

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    No. The fungus gnat larvae is too shorter than what I posted. Mine can be 2 cm long, and very thin. It's black. No body saw this worm?

    Quote Originally Posted by Andyscoolsn View Post
    http://www.carnivorousplants.org/how...GnatLarvae.php

    maybe it's that? just a suggestion.
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    I have some predatory worms in my Anole vivarum called Nemerteans (not Nematodes). Here's about the only site discussing them, there is a video as well. Sometimes the video loads sometimes not.

    http://homepage.ntlworld.com/alan.ca...emerteans.html

    I don't know if this is what you have, do your worms wave their heads about as if "sniffing" or searching for something? If so then they are probably a form of Nemertean

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    Thanks, swords. Probably it is the worm. But I cannot open that video. This morning I spent 3 hours to completely clean my HL terrarium and checked each pitcher of my plants. Fortunately I didn't find any more. I pruned all the old pitchers and only leave the freshly opened pitchers. And replaced all the moss, followed by spraying insecticide. Hope I will never see these worms again.
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    For some reason the video loads today but I know it didn't the other day when I posted the link... LOL

    Mine are just like in the video. On the site the guy says the only way to get rid of them is to junk the plants, soil and bleach out the tank. This isn't feasible when the plants are very expensive and rare but the good thing is the worms are carnivorous to springtails and dead feeders so other than being weird they don't really hurt anything in a plants only tank other than your peace of mind knowing they're in there.
    Last edited by swords; 09-20-2010 at 07:02 AM.

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