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    Try catching live wasps. There a pain in the neck, no stings though. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]

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    hrmmm...

    are you sure NG? about the hairs? I agree with you that they can't be seen, but if you cut open an old pitcher and rub your thumb 'up' against the grain you can feel a coarse resistance, run it the other way, it's smoother...

    Is it the nepenthes that have the ablative wax coating inside?
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    I belive that is the "waxy zone" you are feeling. Also it could be digestive glands,etc. But I have NEVER been told by ANY Nep grower that Nepenthes pitchers have downward pointing hairs in them.

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    digestive glands...... No way thats what he's feeling. Ng how many growers have you asked.

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    I know this doesn't really fit into the discussion now, but my ventrata caught 2 bees in the same pitcher. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] I was just looking at it when i sort of noticed the first bee, and then noticed the second one. It's the first time i've seen something that big find it's way there. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] I've also seen moths inside of the pitchers, although the most that they catch are ants. Just a cool observation. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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    Tristan, I was just saying it could be a possibility. Just a posisbility, I doubt it too but I thouhgt I might as well say it. I have asked a few nep growers before also. But I have NEVER had anyone ask me or tell me there are hairs in Nep pitchers. I hope everyone realizes how lethal Nepenthes digestive pools really are! Why would they even need the hairs!?

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    Thought I would post this picture of a urn I cut in two. It was dying so, what the heck.



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    Through all my readings and observations i have never heard anything about Nepenthes with downward pointing hairs. Not to say that there isnt one, but if there is it has been recorded as such. I dont remember reading anything in Nepethes of Borneo or any other book about Nepenthes about any downward pointing hairs. I agree with NG completely. Nepenthes have no need what-so-ever for downward pointing hairs. The wax plates just above the digestive glands are potato shaped and are angled downwards which could account for why RamPuppy felt resistance "up grain". I would be very surprised if anyone could find a book or other wise that said that Nepenthes had downward pointing hairs of any kind, but if there is tell me, I would be quite interested. Or find a plant and take a picture of the downward pointing hairs (good luck [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/confused.gif[/img] ). I could still be wrong, but I havent seen any evidence there-of. HAPPY GROWING [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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