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    I'm curious as to how much I should feed per pitcher on my Burkei. Pitchers are of average size, and I've got squash bugs up the **** in my backyard. Approximately how much should I feed? Say, halfway up the pitcher, 1/3, to the top, etc?

    I'm also curious as to what's the optimum amount of water I should have in each pitcher, as to not dilute the digestive fluids inside. Last thing I need is half digested, decomposing bugs in my plants.
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    Let some flightless fruitflies go and watch as your neps help themselves to a hearty buffet. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_n_32.gif[/img]

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    I don't feed anywhere near that much. I give my pitchers a dried cricket a month. I give the smaller pitchers a koi pellet when they open, then maybe one more. They catch a few bugs each on their own as well, but they've never really filled to any degree.

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    Alrighty, well, right now I've got one Burkei pitcher with two adult squash bugs (overall together they're about an adult cricket and a half), and I put one baby squash bug (about the size of your average housefly, only slightly wider) in the two small pitchers of my Judith Finn. Next time I'll have to see about getting getting Koi pellets, as getting the baby bugs into the pitchers was a bit of a chore.

    About how much water should the pitchers have? Want to make sure I have enough without eventually being stuck with an undigested decomposing bug inside, along with the nasty water that would come with it case I add too much. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_n_32.gif[/img] Also, about how long does it take to digest a decent sized meal? Want to make sure I can tell when there's not enough digestive action going on so I can take the nasty stuff out to prevent the pitcher from rotting.
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    If you have just one(or a few plants) you might try one bug(not huge) per pitcher, per week to see how that affects the growth. I have alwyas wanted to do that. I guess I can do that, if I want to, come to think of it.

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    Many of my neps are outside on the deck...I find that they do slowly fill up with carcases, but not so fast that they can't digest the soft parts. I'd say they catch at least one bug per week per pitcher....At least. Some of them catch a lot more.

    I recently tried an experiment where I added a slow-release fertilizer ball to a few pitchers instead of bugs (plants are inside, so a good control group). It's only been a day or two, so I haven't noticed anything yet....
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    Alrighty, I have a supplimental question.

    How do I know if the pitcher is properly digesting the bugs? The pitcher I gave the two small squashbugs to doesn't appear to have any kind of rotting going on, but I'm not sure if there's enough digestion action going on as the bugs still appear fully intact, and its creating a small but offensive smell. Basically, I need to know if things are working as they should, or if I should dump the bugs and nasty rotting water they're in so I don't end up losing the pitcher later on.
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    Hey Fygee, since bugs where their bones on the outside (exoskeleton), most of them never really appear digested. A few of the softer ones will leave only bits behind, but any hard bugs like ants or beetles or whatever will not really change in appearance. It's the insides that get digested and absorbed.
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