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    ARe there any foods that are available at pet stores (crickets, meal/wax worms, red worms, fruit flies, etc.) that are suitable for VFTs or nepenthes? The nepenthes will always be inside (as far as I know) and the VFT will be inside until probably June or so.

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    You can feed neps crickets, mealworms, and skim milk. Anything that isn't too big, depending on the size of the trap. When I new trap opens on my neps, I usually give it a drop of skim milk and a very small bloodworm.

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    And the skim milk helps the next ones be bigger. Correct?
    Can you feed it 2%?

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    I would stick with skim since it has less fat but I have no evidence to back this up. When people feed vft's hamburger they die because of all the fat and grease in the meat. Skim milk has the nutrients that baby humans need, but less fat. Neps don't need the fat, anyways.

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    VFT's are partial to Ultimate Bacon Cheeseburgers, Curly fries, and a HUGE Chocolate Milkshake. Give them that, and they are done for the rest of the year. Maybe, for the rest of VFT eternity!
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    you would be surprised what you will find in nep pitchers even if the plant is always inside..........i had an amp that was always full of house flies.............
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    I've only seen fruit flies in there, and one of them was drinking the nectar off of an unopened, baby trap.

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    Skim... Milk...? Jeesh. I gotta try that. Too bad I begged my mom to buy 1% instead of skim because skim is gross >.>. A drop of skim milk will get diluted a bit but still have nutrients along with the insect prey and the milk and insect nutrients will be re-absorbed huh? That's pretty clever. When my Nep. ventricosa feels like making pitchers with it's endless supply of leaves I'll have to try that.

    For food, well, you just have to experiment. I found this 1 inch long weird thing crawling out of my D. spatulata soil so I stuck it in my Dionaea's new trap. 2 of it's wiry thin legs are sticking out... I hope it doesn't rot.

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