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    schloaty is right, it's like when you eat corn, it always comes out looking whole.

    that's the grossest thing i've ever said...

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    Ok, I'm back on the chair now...!

    I feed my Neps every 7-14 days (I'm gonan be feeding tonight actually). I try to do it every week but sometimes I'm busy with some other project and don't think to feed them. But they really do respond quite exceptionally to good feeding. I never was gonna feed my plants but people said that they would grow bigger and faster if I fed them with insects and they really do!

    You do have to be careful with small pitchers and certian species who have very thin walled/delicate pitchers because they will rot very easily if a bit too much food is given at one time. I generally don't put more than one pinhead or two week old cricket in small pitchers (or large N. campanulata pitchers-which are still small) and one large adult cricket in each active large pitcher every one to two weeks. Whatever you feed be sure that it is completely submerged in the pitcher fluid, anything dead that sticks out of the fluid will rot and can be a place for fungus to settle in. I only use reptile feeder crickets and whatever happens to sneak into the growing chambers on it's own (Ladybugs mostly). I continue to feed the pitchers weekly/biweekly until they start to dry up and wither.

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    Yeah, these squash bugs look particularly hard to tell if they're being digested as they have very opaque exoskeltons. I figured maybe you'd be able to tell if they're being digested or not, as they're rather fat bugs, and usually when they're eaten by spiders, which feed in a similar way, they curl up and shrink quite a bit in appearance.

    I'm more concerned by the smell. My assumption is that something being properly digested wouldn't smell like it does, but I'm new to this so I could be wrong.
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    fygee- shake the pitchers gently, this will stir up the fluids and increase the acidity and help the pitcher digest whatever is left. maybe you fed too much?

    keep in mind that a pitcher full of rotting bugs won't smell like a botanical garden.

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    Well, I only fed it two small-medium squash bugs, which come out to about a cricket and a half.

    I'm curious. Once the pitcher has gotten all it can from the bugs, so I dig out the empty exoskeletons and toss them, or leave it be?
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    leave them, how do YOU know when the plant has absorbed all that can be absorbed? the exoskeletons aren't hurting anything so leave them be.

    besides.. i wouldn't want to touch them.. yuch!

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    Given long enough, the shells will break apart and accumulate as bits at the bottom of the pitcher.
    1 Nxventrata

    D. muscipula & D. muscipula 'Red Dragon'(barely)

    Sarracenia leucophylla(seedling)

    S. purpurea and Drosera filiformis filiformis/ intermedia seeds waiting to sprout.

    Drosera capensis

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