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    1) These plants are not toys, they are living things [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mad.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/confused.gif[/img]
    2) Fireflys dont glow once they are dead (neither do the juices)
    3) You should not feed each flytrap more than once a week.

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    [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif[/img] I'm sorry if I upset you. I didn't mean it to sound as playful as it did, (that is my nature.) I hadn't fed it since it caught it's japanese beetle (a week ago.) and as I stated earlier I was only going to do it if it wasn't too full (meaning didn't catch anything on its own). The reason I thought it would be a good thing to test because as Nicholas said Fireflies are easier to catch than other bugs, and th closest place to buy live insects is an hours drive from where I live (why drive an hour and pay for insects when I can collect them in my own yard?) As for the glowing once they are dead, I know that, I was referring to when the trap first closes. I apologize if my words were misleading I did not intend to offend anyone.

    In my mind it would be like if I wanted to find out if Kool-aid turns your tongue colors. I'm not going to drink an extra 20 gallons of kool-aid to find out, but if I get thirsty and Kool-aid isn't poisonous then why not drink some. it satiates the thirst and can answer the question (experiment) at the same time.

    As for the light-hearted nature of it. If a child ate a non-toxic glow-in-the-dark crayola crayon, who wouldn't laugh when the child smiled?

    That is all just my thoughts on it, again, Im sorry for offending you.

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    Belfrie,

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    Im not suppose to be posting, cause my falcon needs tons of care, but anyways, Spec is right here, there not suppose to catch more than a few a week, I mean, out in the wild, they wouldnt have someone shoving bugs in there traps all the time, these are wild plants, that humans have just began...Begun...begun to domesticate. There not little plastic toys that dont die if you feed them too much, and belfire, you shouldnt have fed yours a beetle. Beetle's have hard shells that a venus flytraps digestive juices cannot penetrate, therefore the trap dies leaving the dead beetle perfectly intact. You should really read before posting you fed em beetles, lol.... (happy oz?)

    And another thing, the VFT doesnt light up once you feed it the Lightning bug, and it has a hard time changing color when you dye the water, you shouldnt be talking about experiementing on your VFT like its some toy, many people get a little cooko over this and turn into the people on Predatoryfish, im almost at that level. right when you get them you cant shove there traps full, and kill them...

    And that Kool-Aid thing belfire, some glue is non-toxic, are you gonna drink glue?


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    Quote (Spectabilis73 @ July 18 2003,3:45)
    2) Fireflys dont glow once they are dead (neither do the juices)[/QUOTE]
    Ever pinched their heads while they are glowing? They still glow after their dead. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif[/img]

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    Firefly: An insect that can produce light through chemical reaction. It's diet as a youngster causes many spiecies to be mildly toxic or at the very least taste horrible. During the day, their bright red and orange warning colors let the world know how yucky they are. This howerver will not stop surtain creatures from eating them inclueding toads which are immune to many many toxins in addition to producing their own leathle venums. If crushed, the chemicals in a fireflies body may mix causing the same reaction normally seen live insects lights. Like all insects, the "brain" or nerve coil of a firefly is located in the body and while the removel of the head prevents feeding, and some sences, it will not kill the animal. Because of this, they will continue to try and attract a mate even if they won't survive long run. Not that it matters, most spiecies die after reproduction. It should be noted that some spiecies of fireflies are protected by law for the verry reson that they are so easy to capture.

    VFT: These plants are highly sensitive to water impurities and I would not recomend experimenting with color additives, however, I'll leave those choices up to each plants owner. As far as feeding a firefly to a VFT goes, well, feeding any insect with warning colors on it is "playing with fire" so to speek (sorry, bad joke). However, again, trying it out is up to each owner, although personally I would think most are too large for VFTs.
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    When I've seen people squish the heads on lightning bugs, they died instantly, of course I've never done that myself, but I've seen others do it. You have to squeeze the head when they light up and they will stay lit up for quite a while after they have died.
    If they are poisonous to vft's, I'm sure that if one was fed to a plant only the single trap would die, and not the whole plant. Since vft's can't choose it's pray I think they may be it's defense if it get something poisonous, to let the trap die instead of taking the poisons to the root. I have no facts to back that up, it's just my observation.

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    However, again, trying it out is up to each owner, although personally I would think most are too large for VFTs.[/QUOTE]
    I don't know what kind of giant lightning bugs you have in Michigan but the lightning bugs I've seen in North Carolina and Ohio are definitely small enough for vft's to eat. I've never seen any lightning bug too big for even a medium sized vft to eat, and I've lived most of my life in the vft natural range.
    Then again maybe you just grow tiny vft's. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif[/img]

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    Well, it's easy to squish the thorax with the head because their head sheild ususally covers it making it look like a head I suppose. I've never done it myself, just read about it.

    As to giant fireflies or tiney vfts, it's the bugs. We have many many spiecies here, but most are around 1 inch long.
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