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    It all started a few days ago, a time when my vtf akai ryu was screeming famine. So, as the sight of her empty belly/traps was breaking my heart, I went in my garden in search of edible food.

    And thus I met Mr.Woodlouse (armadillo bug or slater for friends). He didn't seem to have too much plating and enough meat in his exosqueleton, so I mercilesly captured him and viciously fed his to my poor vtf. But little did I know then that it would lead to the coming of the terrifying black blob!

    Now, the leaf is still closed but with the edge curling outward and the bug sort of digested I guess, as the inside of the leaf, when I peak inside between the two-edges...is filled with some weird black, watery goo.

    Seriously, what gives? Was it because I shouldn't feed them woodlice or because the leaf was already exhausted and this episode pushed it beyond the brink?
    And what do I do with it? Wait, open and clean, or cut?

    Sorry for the long post, I watched too many "horror" movies yesterday and am still in the mood. =)
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    I have read od varying opinions as to whether woodlice are safe. However there are two other potential factors that may come into play - the size of the prey, relative to the size of the trap, and whether the trap itself was one meal or a short time away from being expired. The latter is self- explantory. If its number was up, being old, it wouldn't have mattered. The rule of thumb that we regurgitate is that the prey should be no larger than 1/3 the size of the trap. Anything bigger puts that trap at risk. Other factors, and I speak from experience, is that if your set up is closed off, such that there is no air circulation, the plant will be stressed and the woodlouse would have been the proverbial "straw that broke the camel's back." Related to that but can be independent, is that if your set up is a mini-greenhouse effect, such that the temperature is very high from sunlight, that will also make the plant sickly - like a pet dog locked inside of a car, on hot summer's day. Even in Canada this can happen. Been there, done that. So there are a few variables in which to consider.

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    well if you could look inside your stomach it won't be so pretty either ^_^


    traps only last so long before they start to curl backwards. don't open the trap to look inside, it will only expose the inside to airborne fungi spores and bacteria. one of the reasons the trap seals so tightly is to keep fungi out.

    if the trap is rotting theres nothing you can do to save it anyway. but by the sounds of it it seems like the trap's days were numbered anyway.

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    i say cut the trap out
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    If you ever feed your VFT too ig a meal it will close, but then will not open/half open again which will reveal a black, slimey, half digested fly/spider /armadilo bug. The trap will most inevitably rot, so if you're afraid of your other traps catching fungus, then cut it off, but leaving the trap on would sure be a photosynthesize-sic benefit. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]

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    Oh yeah, how large was the bug in relation to trap size?

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    Well, that's the thing, it's not rotting at all! It started only just now (about a week later) to get a more yellowish tint to the tip of the edge, but it's barely noticeable. It's only the inside that's black and really liquid, and no sight of fungi yet. *Goes double-checking again* (Not that I can see anyway)

    Apart from the yellow and the outer-curling edge, the stem and leaf are still strong, hard and pretty much the same red as all the others. Though it is bending a bit from the weight. (Water is heavy after all, and it's almost like a runny nose...)

    The size? Well, about 1/2 the trap size. I fed it to one of my older, and thus bigger trap to make sure Mr. Woodlouse would fit inside and be nice and cozy.


    PS : Today I fed my first live spider to my typical vtf =D
    Whoever thought of that fridge trick, I want to hug right now. That was fun! ^_^
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    I am guessing your only real problem is that the trap didn't seal properly (you should not be able to open it and look inside) and so you have something else eating the dead insect in addition to the plant (bacteria or fungi). I wouldn't worry about it, just let it do it's thing and once the trap turns 100% black (if it ever does) cut it off.
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