Well now,it appears that the traps that died off may have been a blessing in disguise.

The replacement traps that grew back are especially vigorous.They are as big as my thumb from the knuckle to the tip and have nice thick walls and are a deep, deep red.

The traps that were dying off after their first feeding were much more puny in comparison but it looks as if they did the job ...that is...provided the supplemental nutrients the VFT needed to continue development.

It's back outside and again nabbing far the new traps are not showing signs of decay...and hopefully will reopen after digestion.....fingers crossed!