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    I got a double VFT from this site about four months ago, and it's doing pretty well, it seems. I've been going well so far without too much more advice than the initial stuff, but I have a couple more questions.

    First, it seems that my plant is fond of daddy long legs. I don't know how the heck it manages to catch the body in the trap instead of the legs, but it's managed two so far.

    The first one is killing the trap. Could that be because the legs are sticking out of the trap, or is it because the daddy long legs is venomous? (They just can't bite humans, their fangs aren't big enough.)

    Also, should I snip off the trap as soon as I find that it caught one, or should I wait for it to turn black?

    Second, I read recently that long leaves mean that the plant is getting insufficient sunlight. The leaves are pretty solid, though, and they're not drooping at all. Most of the traps have a light pink color on the inside, too. Should it be getting more light?

    Third, the fact that it's a double plant is starting to bother me. The long leaves are making it look like they're outgrowing the original container, and I really want to separate them. Would now be a good time? I think the plants are big enough to put into dormancy, and I want them to get over the shock of being repotted before that... so I want to separate them now. Good idea or bad idea?

    Thanks in advance

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    My VFT eats daddy long legs too, however what I do is catch them when they fly inside, chop their legs off and leave a bit of the wings and then feed it so nothing stick out (sick as it may seem)

    They arent venomous and are easy for the VFT to digest I found.

    My VFT has long leaves which tend to flop, see



    I do believe (someone correct me if Im wrong) its best to seperate after dormancy?

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    Is this also the daddy long legs you mean?


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    The Daddy long legs I'm familiar with are spiders, they don't have wings. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]
    I think that picture is a mosquito eater, isn't it? [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/confused.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]
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    I guess it depends where you live [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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    i have fed my vft's a few daddy long legs (the spider) in the past. never had one turn thetrap black, though. maybe it was just that traps "time" to go?

    now wold be a bad time to separate your plants, unless ou are goin to skip dormancy this winter. just wait till spring t separate them.

    the "pink" in the traps is a good sign of adequate lighting. don't sweat it, your doing fine.

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    CN, we call those mosquito eaters in Colorado, too.

    beatnik, I don't know how the daddy long legs manage to get caught with their body in the trap and their legs up in the air, but they do. This lets fungus and bacteria get into the trap and results in the trap dieing. I would wait to cut the trap off until it's all black. The rest of the leaf will continue to photosynthisize food for the plant. On repotting, it's usually recommended to wait until the plants are getting ready to come out of dormancy.

    For more info on VFTs go here: Barry Rice's FAQ Page.
    You can also use google.com or other search engine to find more info on your VFTs as well as the Plant Care link at thew top of this page under the Exotic Gardens logo.

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    CN,
    I don't know about local slang, but I think those are known as crane flies. We get Bigun's here in southern NY. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif[/img]
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