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    I fed my flytrap a spider the other day and the traps wouldn't close around it!!! They wouldn't even move! What the heck is up with this?? HELP!!

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    If it was spread FLAT open it was exhausted. This is normal. DO NOT clip it. It can still benifit the plant throught photosynthesis. Any way now traps should not close or close slowly since it is dormancy now. Nep.G.

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    The traps can only open and close so many times.
    After that ...they do not work..or work slower.

    If have your plant by something cold...that might be it too.

    Regardless of all of that...new traps should be coming up...so that means more hungry mouths. :smile:

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    But the one I fed it to was a new trap. And what do I do with exhausted traps? Was it something I did to make it exhausted? Does it have anything to do with the lighting, temp, or the amount of water I am giving it? Is this all normal or is my plant dying?

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    I find that my plants traps r exhausted after they digest a bug...one very small trap wouldn't close one day but the next day it closed...

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    Man you really are clueless. Your name speaks for your confusion. We will help you. VFT's aren't my LARGEST specailty but Sarracenia and Nepenthes are. Soo I am stopping here. For anyone who has Nep. or Sar. questions post me I will be happy to help. Nep.G.

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    Oh my goodness you guys...should I take the bug out? I left it in there because I thought maybe it would close after a while...but it hasn't! What should I do? Is it not getting enough light? Or water? Or too much? What should I do to help?

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    Well, we were all Clueless at one time so don't worry about that.
    It could have been the temperature if it's cold they don't react much but unless you are freezing I doubt that that's it. Mine outside in the freezing cold are still managing to grab a bite. My guess is that the trigger hairs weren't set off. That is of course just a guess I am by no means an expert. Maybe somebody else might know the answer to that.
    When you get exhausted traps leave them they can still benefit the plant by photosyntheses (getting nutrients from light). When they start turning brown or black, clip (don't pinch) just the trap off not the leaf. The leaf will last longer that way and continue to benefit the plant.
    Your plant is not dying at least not from hunger or from what you've mentioned. Trust me you'll pretty much be able to tell, they look pretty pathetic when they are getting ready to die.

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