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    Greetings, all!

    After one of my VFTs started to send up a flower stalk, I cut it off when it reached about 3 inches. Since then, it has sent up 2 new traps and both are deformed =(

    Any ideas as to what's going on or how to fix it? This particular VFT gets just as much light as my other ones, yet this one is the only one that has deformed traps.

    Here are some photos (will open in a new window):
    Photo of the plant
    Different view of one of the deformed traps

    Any help is greatly appreciated!

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    Oh dear, looks like aphid dmamage. They attack developing leaves, then leave when the leaves begin to develop. Moniter newly developing leaves closely{use a magnifing glass} If you spot any aphids, wipe them off with you finger or use an insectide.
    Note: some insectides are poisonous to VFTs, so look in a book or search the web to find out which insectides are suitible
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    maybe more or less water
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    I have had this happen after cutting flower stalks, and recently after a VERY HEAVY thunderstorm. I would say to let it grow, if in 3 or 4 new traps their still deformed it may be a sign of an Aphid problem.
    I always suspect everything is a trap....thats why I'm still alive

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    If you ask me, you are very lucky. Most people dont notice the problem untill the traps come REALLY de-formed and ugly.
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    I usually check on my VFTs once or twice a day, so if stuff looks weird I usually catch it. Anyway, thanks for the tips - I'll definitly look out for the Aphids. =(

    Any idea of what they look like? I've never had infestation problems before...

    Thanks again!

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    they're little green buggers, look for them around the newly developing leaves. I'm having a bit of the same problem myself, unfortunately I didn't have your foresight and several leaves came up QUITE hideous. I think I've found and destroyed 3-4 of the little buggers. Too bad ladybugs are powerless to stop aphids on CPs...
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    Ah, not all of them are green. They can be red or white asswell.
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