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    FYI, nothing happens within 30 minutes of putting a cricket in a nepenthes pitcher. If you were expecting something fancy to happen, you are mistaken. About all that will happen to most "live" things falling into a nepenthes will be that they drown in a short period of time. Days will pass and the insect will begin breaking down. Give it time. Nepenthes don't have teeth and don't chew or swallow their food. Best of luck.

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    Quote (lithopsman @ Aug. 15 2002,12:13)
    well, not really the hairs, just the insides. I thought it would emit enzymes...[/QUOTE]
    NepG, I think that is pitchers were empty to start with, and he thought that it secreted enzymes all over the bug, kind of like a dew or a ping... When he found nothing happend, he thought there was something wrong.

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    I knew that Parasuco, I just wondered he expected enzymes to be secreted in that short amount of time to cover the cricket.

    John, we are not being agressive towards you either, we're just trying to help you out. For now just wait and let your Raff make a new leave and pitcher.

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    When I first saw Nepenthes, I intuitively thought that the lid closes and traps the prey. Not so. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

    Feeding Neps (and Sarrs) are actually a pretty boring activity once it becomes routine, especially with dry crickets. Feeding VFT's and Sundews are way more fun.

    In order to enjoy a show, I don't just put insects directly into the pitchers. Instead, I place them in the vicinity such as on the leaf (or for flying insects, just trap them in my terrarium), and watch them get lured to the pitchers - perhaps even get a little drunk from the nectar. That's the fun part.

    With flying insects and several neps and sundews in my terrarium, it's always interesting to watch in which plant the insect ends up. Usually, the D. Adelae wins hands down in terms of attraction.

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    Thanks for the help! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] The pitchers aren't dry, though... So I just need to wait a coupla days, right? [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/confused.gif[/img]
    I am back..

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    Quote (Leo @ Aug. 15 2002,6:30)
    When I first saw Nepenthes, I intuitively thought that the lid closes and traps the prey. Not so. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

    Feeding Neps (and Sarrs) are actually a pretty boring activity once it becomes routine, especially with dry crickets. Feeding VFT's and Sundews are way more fun.

    In order to enjoy a show, I don't just put insects directly into the pitchers. Instead, I place them in the vicinity such as on the leaf (or for flying insects, just trap them in my terrarium), and watch them get lured to the pitchers - perhaps even get a little drunk from the nectar. That's the fun part.

    With flying insects and several neps and sundews in my terrarium, it's always interesting to watch in which plant the insect ends up. Usually, the D. Adelae wins hands down in terms of attraction.[/QUOTE]
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    Feeding Neps (and Sarrs) are actually a pretty boring activity once it becomes routine, especially with dry crickets. [/QUOTE]

    That's why i use live food, so it isn't boring. And why would u feed your Sarracenia? They are gluttons on thier own!

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    Quote (nepenthes gracilis @ Aug. 15 2002,5:02)
    That's why i use live food, so it isn't boring. And why would u feed your Sarracenia? They are gluttons on thier own![/QUOTE]
    My s. purp absolutely sucks at catching insects. The only time it "caught" an insect was when some flying insect actually laid its larvae inside the pitcher. I routinely see spiders and flies going in and out of my purp at will. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif[/img]

    Is this generally the case with all purps, or is my purp just a wuss? With my neps, once something goes in it never escapes.

    Leo

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    My purpurea has nailed TONS of flies,spiders,hornets,black wasps,etc. How old is yours? It also may need to be moved to a buggier location. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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