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    I've looked all over the net but every site has varying information, from none to 5 flies a day! What do you think?

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    Hey James

    Welcome to the forums! I usually let my flytraps fend for themselves but usually once a month is fine. Just so you know you can feed them more than that but the traps are limited on how many times they can shut usually 3-4 times. Also when you feed them make sure the bugs are about 1/3 the size of the trap if they are any larger than that you run the risk of the bug rotting the trap.
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    But I keep my plant inside so it can't fend for itself how many then?

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    well since yoy just got it you may want to leave it alone for a week or two incase its in shock from being moved into a new enviroment. But you could try, the worst that could happen is that the trap would turn black.

    I would feed it once a month maybe twice but once is plenty
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    Hi James

    Welcome to the forums! Your VFT does not HAVE to eat. It can live without feeding. The bugs it catches are an extra boost of nutrition. If you wish to hand feed it you will need to feed it live prey. The bugs moving around in the trap stimulates it to close and the struggling inside will keep the trap closing until the trap is sealed. Otherwise, with no movement (as in dead prey) it may think its just caught a bit of debris and open back up.

    As Unknownclown said, you don't want the bug too big...if something sticks out it can invite bacteria to grow and kill the trap.

    If you can stun a fly (so its not totally lifeless) or catch one and put it in the freezer for a few minutes (which will slow it down), you can do that.

    Let us know how your plant does!

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    Thanks, and can I feed it dead flies if they're fresh?

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    Also I forgot to add to another question of yours about watering. Place a tray underneath the pot and fill it about an inch deep with water when it runs dry fill it again, never water from the top of the pot

    Oh and to make life easier for you, when you have questions put them in one thread that way you don't have to go over each one and it'll save you some time
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    I sure will and I can't tell you how happy I am I found this site!!! The people here so incredibly nice! It's like whole different side of the net!!!!! Everybody welcoming me and wanting to know how it goes! It's soooooo nice! By now you probably think I'm a loser because it sounds like I can only have people be nice to me on the Internet, but whatever! Thanks so much!

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