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    OMG, I just descoverd a very likely reson to Snapper's lack of redness. Their are little itty bitty bugs on it. They must hide most of the time and just came out to steal my plants dinner! I am 99% sure they are spring tails. Then are about 2 mm long and .5mm thick... or a bit smaller really. They are also grey. Did I get the bug right? Should 24 hours onderwater take care of it?
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    Hi again Darcy [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] ,
    I don't know if you have springtails or not (all itty bitty bugs look the same to me [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] ), but 24 to 48 hours underwater usually does the trick.
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    Quote (BigCarnivourKid @ Sep. 21 2002,07:15)
    Hi again Darcy [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] ,
    I don't know if you have springtails or not (all itty bitty bugs look the same to me [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] ), but 24 to 48 hours underwater usually does the trick.[/QUOTE]
    Thanks [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] The buggies are hiding again but I'll soak my plant as soon as it fineshed it's current meals (wich have sent it on a hyper growth spirt and begun turning it's traps pink again&#33[img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]
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    Most bugs you find in and around your plants will not hurt them at all. What is important is recognizing when you have a pest that is doing harm. Although a day underwater will not hurt your vft so go right ahead if you like. But don't expect to have plants and have them 100% free of insects.. you will fight a losing battle.

    Red/purple/pink color is directly related to light intensity and duration. The higher the light intensity and the longer the period during the day.. the more color. However note that some vft varieties remain green or with only a little blush of color even under full sun during the entire day.
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    Quote (Tony Paroubek @ Sep. 23 2002,4:05)
    Most bugs you find in and around your plants will not hurt them at all. What is important is recognizing when you have a pest that is doing harm. Although a day underwater will not hurt your vft so go right ahead if you like. But don't expect to have plants and have them 100% free of insects.. you will fight a losing battle.

    Red/purple/pink color is directly related to light intensity and duration. The higher the light intensity and the longer the period during the day.. the more color. However note that some vft varieties remain green or with only a little blush of color even under full sun during the entire day.
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    I know light determins color. What I was saying is that light did NOT change but MY flytrap lost it's color. I'm not talking in general, I'm talking about my proticular plant [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img] I think it didn't have enough nitrogen to properly make USE of the light because as soon as I finally got food in it, BANG! color starts coming back [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]
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    If you want to get rid of the spring tails ( or fungus gnats ), get a sundew or butterwort!

    It does the trick every time. That way, you don't have to dunk the plant for a day.

    I am with Tony...light is all that I know that will turn the color in the traps ( or plant )...

    I haven't noticed when they feed, they change coloring in their traps.

    The plant gets the red coloring to mimic a flower, so bugs can stop by for some pollen....the more sun, the more color.

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    Quote (jaie @ Sep. 24 2002,08:56)
    If you want to get rid of the spring tails ( or fungus gnats ), get a sundew or butterwort!

    It does the trick every time. That way, you don't have to dunk the plant for a day.

    I am with Tony...light is all that I know that will turn the color in the traps ( or plant )...

    I haven't noticed when they feed, they change coloring in their traps.

    The plant gets the red coloring to mimic a flower, so bugs can stop by for some pollen....the more sun, the more color.[/QUOTE]
    uh, I don't know how else to explain this to you guys. If you ever go out and get a plant biology book you'll see that red maximises ligth gathering with the way it double reflects the light (hard to explain) and that in order to USE extra light the plant must have enough nitrogen. Most plants get nitrogen from soil, flytraps get it from insects. So that means my plant was running low on nitrogen and didn't want to waist energy to turn red if it couldn't use the extra light anyways! their, does it make sence to people now? [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] I'll have sundew soon I hope.
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    The pest may be the so feared red mite. (they eat the plants, and apear as little red dots [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif[/img]
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