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    Theres only one way to feed a live bug to a vft with out making it escape from the trap and without making yourself bald. Catch the live bug , put it in a plastic jar , put a lid over it , put the jar in the freezer for 1 or 2 minutes , take it out and take a bug with a tweezer ,hurry up because the bug might wake up , drop it in the trap , stimulate the trap so it closes , and wait til the bug wakes up , from that point the bug will keep brushing the trigger hairs and that will stimulate the trap to start it's digestive process .

    (Edited by tuyen thi at 5:59 am on May 5, 2002)


    (Edited by tuyen thi at 6:22 am on May 5, 2002)

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    Feeding really isn't needed especially outdoors. Plants are able to catch food on there own quite well. Even if the plant doesn't catch anything it's fine with photosynthesis. Some people even have a theory that plants make larger traps when they aren't fed insects so that they can catch insects better.

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    I will describe my feeding method. Step one: Feed it something 1/4 the size of the trap thats dead. Step two.: gently squeeze the trap so the hairs brush against the food. Do this every 10 minutes for 1/2 an hour or you can let it catch its own food.

    (Edited by Tristan at 3[img]http://www.**********.com/iBhtml/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif[/img]0 pm on May 5, 2002)

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    WELCOME TO THE BOARDS, TIGGS!!!


    Don't feed your VFT moths. They are poisonous to VFTs!

    The reason the VFT did not eat the bug:
    Well, it goes a little something like this, If the bug is alive, It will land on the VFT's trap, triggering the trigger hairs and the trap shuts.
    The bug wiggles around, trieng to escape, and therefore triggers the hairs still more, at this time, the VFT knows it has something that is alive and it closes fully and starts to digest the meal. It can take up to two weeks for the VFT to get done digesting the bug and open again.


    However, If the bug is dead:
    You drop the bug into the trap and trigger the hairs and it shuts.
    Since the bug obviously isn't alive, it doesn't wiggle and try to escape. Therefore it doesn't trigger the hairs, the VFT then figures it's prey got away, so it opens back up.

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    My favorite VFT food is "pill bugs" aka "sow bugs" these are the little ones you find under rocks that look like tiny armidallos. They don't bite, sting or move too fast and they are not strong enough to hurt the traps. You don't even have to stun them in the fridge, just pick one up and it will roll up. The place it in the trap, as it opens up it trigers the plant. Sometimes I help hold the trap for a few seconds to keep it from crawling out.

    Marjorie

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