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    Quote Originally Posted by Cthulhu138 View Post
    They're normal, don't worry. Not all of mine have them either. They're very prominent on my X miranda and my X gothica though.
    It puzzles me because they didn't have them just three days ago. I fed all of my neps with pitchers some ants a few days ago, so could they have produced more nectar glands to attract more insects into the pitchers?

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    As I suspected: nectar glands. They are normal for certain species (and their hybrids) and are yet another tool the plant has for attracting prey to it. Nectar glands = sugar = ants/lunch!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pineapple View Post
    It puzzles me because they didn't have them just three days ago. I fed all of my neps with pitchers some ants a few days ago, so could they have produced more nectar glands to attract more insects into the pitchers?
    They were there, you just didn't see them. Nectar glands don't magically appear, a leaf forms with them already present.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Whimgrinder View Post
    As I suspected: nectar glands. They are normal for certain species (and their hybrids) and are yet another tool the plant has for attracting prey to it. Nectar glands = sugar = ants/lunch!
    Does that mean they are ready to accept more food than the two ants I fed them? I find joy in feeding bugs to plants, so more fun for me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Whimgrinder View Post
    As I suspected: nectar glands. They are normal for certain species (and their hybrids) and are yet another tool the plant has for attracting prey to it. Nectar glands = sugar = ants/lunch!

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    They were there, you just didn't see them. Nectar glands don't magically appear, a leaf forms with them already present.
    But I have pictures of the leaves from a few days ago and they weren't there... Did they just get bigger/mature? I actually see one in the picture from a few days ago, but only one.

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    Just when I was about to make an acne metaphor.
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    Thanks for all the quick replies! I was really scared because I didn't want to lose one so quickly. I'm glad it's a good thing rather than a bad thing.

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    If you're doing things right they will start secreting big drops of nectar, which are actually quite tastty....
    "We are in a sense the Universe trying to understand itself. By Observing it we are observing what we are." - Phillip Plait

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    Look up pictures of Nepenthes glandulifera and you will see just how prominent this feature can be.
    LOOKING FOR: N. (argentii x bicalcarata) x {[(lingulata x edwardsiana) x (naga x hamata)] x [(klossii x undulatifolia) x (aristolochioides x rajah)]} Growlist: http://www.terraforums.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=124586

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavyJones View Post
    If you're doing things right they will start secreting big drops of nectar, which are actually quite tastty....
    Haha, that's awesome! I might try one if the are produced. Hopefully I won't die.

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