I bought a VLT about 3 weeks ago. For two weeks I left it outside during the day to get sunlight and catch insects and brought it inside at night to avoid any extreme weather/storms.
It didn't catch or eat anything for two weeks. So I decided to cut a small piece of earthworm to give it inside two traps. The traps closed, but the following day both traps turned black. I guess worms are not a very good idea.
Since then I've been keeping it outside 24 hours a day and it is still not catching anything even though there are flies, wasps, bees, gnats, and ants in the area (among other things). I even see insects buzzing around it from time to time, but nothing.
Yesterday I saw a large black ant. I caught it and placed it in one of the traps. The trap only partially closed. This morning the trap was wide open again and the dead ant was still sitting the trap.
The plant looks healthy except for the two black traps (which I trimmed off yesterday). I'm just not sure what to do about a plant that won't catch insects or even close when given one.