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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]And why are all the new smilies amish?
    And there I was, certain they were Rabbis...

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    Quote[/b] ]I'm still only a novice fly catcher, but I caught my first fly in my hand the other day. Now that was fast reflexes.
    Bah! You just beginner luck, Daniel-san!

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    Quote[/b] ]just slightly squeeze the sides of the trap until you see a digestive seal on the traps. Repeat the process over a couple times again to make sure.
    Seems like the risk of accidentally marmalising the VFT's traps by doing that is a bit high.

    Darwin, what were you containing the bugs in when you put them in the freezer? I use a tobacco tin. So long as you keep an eye on them as they're going under, I find my prey goes off to sleep and only wakes up when it's too, too late and the trap is sprung! Mwa-ha-ha!

    Perhaps the bugs you're using are too small and their body temperature is dropping too fast, since there's not much mass and latent warmth to them. I'd expect that, the larger the bug, the larger the 'window' of time where the bug is asleep, but not quite dead.

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    The freezer will kill flies, now the refridgerator, on the other hand, works much better. They live up to 3 days in a jar if kept in the refridgerator.
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    and up to a week with a bit of meat

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (jon @ May 28 2004,1:51)]The freezer will kill flies, now the refridgerator, on the other hand, works much better. They live up to 3 days in a jar if kept in the refridgerator.
    Do they, the flies, go stone out cold? I've never tried using the fridge. I would have thought it just makes them a bit sluggish.
    \"Feed me, Stevie&#33; Feed me all night long&#33;\"

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    Should I go and perform mutilations?

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    I've put them in our lab fridge. Within 10 minutes the flies are asleeep. Thenall you have to do is take them out, put them in a trap, and wait for them to wake up. they struggle and the trap does its enzyme thing. Mwahahaha!

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    I see what ya'll do in your free time [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_n_32.gif[/img] Seems to be the norm around here... [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_m_32.gif[/img]

    I usually catch fruit flies with a lightweight 'suprermarket container' + my darn fast reflexes...actually quite stupid to be running round caching fruit flies, might be easier to breed them. I saw a reptile website with a 'recipe' for fruitflies. They sell fruitflies eggs in a vial for breeding...or for eating [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_t_32.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] Are fuit flies supposed to live for only a day? maybe I should try experiments...do they need more oxygen, more food, or what? Because I don't give them either...and my stock dies after a day or less. Once I left a banana in a container, never knew how the flies got in...but they did somehow and soon I had my very own fruitfly community. Cool or what? My mum didn't think so, almost 'died' when she first saw my community, there were bout hundred eggs or so in the banana, and the smell will NOT go away form the container, however long I soak it in soap water. The stench was applling when I first opened it, I can tell you that [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_t_32.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_n_32.gif[/img]

    BCK, a wha? I thought it got it butt stuck inside, not its head. Did you do that or it just happened 'incidently'?? Hmmmm? [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_m_32.gif[/img]

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (Stevie D @ May 27 2004,11:11)]Perhaps the bugs you're using are too small and their body temperature is dropping too fast, since there's not much mass and latent warmth to them. I'd expect that, the larger the bug, the larger the 'window' of time where the bug is asleep, but not quite dead.
    Possibly, maybe just 10 seconds more or less could mean life or death for some bugs.

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    Quote[/b] (jon @ May 28 2004,1:51)]The freezer will kill flies, now the refridgerator, on the other hand, works much better. They live up to 3 days in a jar if kept in the refridgerator.
    Yeah they live, but I want them asleep so I can pick them up without them flying away. The freezer doesn't kill them if you don't put them in too long. I don't think my fridge is very cold because flies aren't even docile when they come out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (Jason Wong @ May 28 2004,2:46)]I see what ya'll do in your free time [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_n_32.gif[/img] Seems to be the norm around here... [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_m_32.gif[/img]
    Yep, we go out hunting to catch meals for a pet plant [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_n_32.gif[/img] What's not normal about that... [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_l_32.gif[/img]

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