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    My VFT doesn't like flies?!

    Hi

    I hope I've posted this in the right place - apologies if not!

    I bought my first VFT about two months ago from a garden centre, and having carefully looked after it as instructed, it's doing really well - it's grown lots and is looking really healthy.

    However, whenever it catches a fly (which so far has only been about four times) it always either:

    a) Opens its mouth within a day or two to reveal the fly still inside, or
    b) remains shut and starts going a black/brown colour as if it's being eaten away from the inside (at which point I remove that particular leaf).

    Is this normal? Or is it just not hungry? I've never force fed it - all the flies it catches have gone there of their own free will!

    Any advice would be gratefully received.

    Best wishes

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    Well that does seem weird. Until someone with a bit more experience has any ideas, I would force-feed other insects and others to see if the same thing happens.

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    Hmmmm, are you SURE that after it catches a fly that the trap re-opens in only a day?

    Other than that things seem normal. Also, don't worry about it catching flies or other bugs, it's more important that they get FULL, all day sun. My VFTs seem to really love daddy long leg spiders!
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    Hope your kidding , but if not I'll bite.
    That's just how they feed , the traps are limited to a few openings and closings, then they turn brown/ black, and its OK to remove them.
    also VTF dont accually eat all the parts , they just absorb what and then they reopen for the next meal, and im sure yours is getting exactly what it wants, and needs from the flys. and you can clean out the traps if you want just don't trigger the trap if you can help it. I just leave mine as they probably still feed the trap as they lay there.
    its fun to feed them from time to time but its not necessary, and over doing it will stress it, so i wouldn't do it at all, if your sure its catching flys and other bugs on its own.
    got any pics love to see it Please.
    the one that's mostly green is VFTdente, and has probably had this trap sprung at least one other time and you can see the absorbed corpse of its last meal there is also one in the trap to the front bottom of the picture. the other is VFTred dragon, and as you can see in the surrounding pictures there are several that have been sprung too many times and have begun to brown and die off, i just trim mine off a few times a season or if some one is wanting to see my collection to make them more presentable, but it doesn't hurt the VFT to leave them for a while In My Opinion.
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    Excellent - many thanks for clearing that up! For some reason I had expected each trap to consume the fly, then reopen ready for the next catch! How long after it starts turning brown should I leave it before removing the leaf?

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    You can snip any black/brown material if you want.... or not.

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    I remember I read somewhere it has to be less than or about 1/3 of the size of the trap.

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    Try feeding them 'small crickets' you buy at PEtsmart, my VFT love crickets.

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