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    Insect in Trap

    A moth landed in one of my traps and when the trap closed, maybe 1/3 of the month was sticking out of the trap. Is this ok and will the trap digest it all or just the parts inside the trap?

    Also, how long will it take to digest and re-open? and what about traps that only half closed, how long till they re-open?

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    it depends on the health of the plant in general for when it might reopen. I had plants finish digestion in a week to more than a month. However, generally moth eating leaves rot. So don't expect it to reopen again...however, don't worry...it will still get some nutrients from it. You can definately see some growth spurt.

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    eek! either push it all the way in, or get it out! Half of a cricket was sleft outside one of my biggest traps, and i shrugged it off and said 'wahtever'. Well, when the cricket dies, the parts that aren't sealed up inside of it are left exposed to the outside world! The part sticking out began to rot away, and the rotting spread to the inside of the trap. The trap turned black within 6 days, and i had to remove it. SO either remove the moth fully, or push it all the way in!
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    ok i'll try to get it in, but why does moth eating rot the traps?

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    becos moths are generally very hairy, fat, big and cause a lot of hinderance with their wings in the trap. They invite fungal outbreak or probably bacteria buildup and cause the trap to rot. I personally wouldn't worry...but I know that when I started out, if this like this happen, I would definately worry un-necessarily. Its up tp u. If your VFT is healthy...and u don't mind loosing a single leaf..then leave it there...if not, see if u can remove it.

    BUT..warning: its going to be a slimy goo in the trap.

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    Just let it be. This stuff happens in nature all the time. You may even catch a spider later on trying to scavange the moth remains for an easy meal.

    These plants have survived amazingly in the wild under worse conditions.

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    I've had plenty of traps catch huge meals with half the insect sticking out. They've sealed, digested most of the insect and reopened for another meal.

    Sometimes traps will get bacteria in and the leaf will rot, but that can happen with old traps and even the smallest meals. Plenty of air circulation means trap rot incidences are kept to a minimum.

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    Awsome, sounds good

    so it will take about a week to digest this moth and re-open?

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