So I thought I'd be a nice guy yesterday.
My poor flytrap is stuck inside my house, and hasn't eaten since I brought him home over a week ago (I know they don't have to eat, but I like to keep my plants well fertilized for maximum growth). It just so worked out that we had two large flies in the house yesterday. After a few minutes of hard work and some quick reflexes we had one fly in the house...and one trapped in an upside down blender.
So I go ahead and move my VFT under the cover, and proceed to allow it to 'aquaint itself' with the fly I caught for it. But my flytrap is still just a little guy, and the fly was more of a monster than I thought (it's always hard to tell when they're zig-zagging circles around your head). He finally ended up in the biggest trap, but even that doesn't look like it'll be enough to handle him. I have a feeling part of the meal will still be outside my little guy's maw. So I'm expecting the trap to rot and die due to an inability to form a tight seal.
My question is: will the plant still get nourishment from this? I mean, the trap should still be able to do some digestion before things get bad, and I would expect the extracted nitrogen to make it back down into the heart of the plant, but I'm also still a relative newbie. So could anyone tell me if I helped or hurt my VFT yesterday? I'm really hoping it's able to extract something, as I'm guessing it hasn't exactly eaten well up to this point in its life...