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Thread: What insects should you not feed to vfts?

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    I gave one of mine a moth once, and it didn't like it. I've since heard that it has something to do with the scales, which I don't really understand, but I'm not about to give them another moth.
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    I've never really worried about what prey to feed VFTs. So what if prey causes the untimely demise of individual traps, the plant is constantly growing new ones. Whom do you think is out there in the wild making sure the traps only catch prey that suits them? The VFT fairy? [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_m_32.gif[/img]



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    would the venow from a bee or a wasp (like the one I just caught) cause any problems?

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (veritas00000 @ April 10 2005,2:14)]would the venow from a bee or a wasp (like the one I just caught) cause any problems?
    No. My plants catch wasps from time to time.. never had any problems with them.
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    Alot of things aren't going to find themselves caught in the trap of the VFT in the wild; like an earthworm for example and I wouldn't feed that to my captive VFT.

    A deer might poop on the VFT in the wild; but I don't want to feed that to my VFT either. There are also tarantulas that aren't found there, but are all over here; I don't think they would like it either. If VFT'S were indigenous to Arizona, for example; it may have evolved to 12 inch traps to catch larger insects, but it's adapted to it's territory in the East.

    If I fed my VFT a toenail clipping; it may turn black (from my fungus) with no benefit of nutrient absorbtion; so giving people ideas of what to and what not to feed, I feel is beneficial to the health of what may be their only and prized VFT.


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    mealworms and darkling beetles(mealworm beetles) is all i feed my vfts and love both of them. it doesnt look like they do much but if you actully look nothing but an exoskelton is left, i especally like to feed beetles with deformed shells. the only thing that has caused problems for me are pillbugs which rotted the trap and pretty much stopped growth for like a month.
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    Back when I was living in La Mesa; a suburb of San Diego, in Southern California, my Dionaea muscipula frequently caught small slugs. This was only obvious because many times parts of the slugs would still be protruding from the traps. Usually the traps would be damaged by this prey, but the plants would grow and prosper despite the supposedly, unnatural prey. Later, while living in Albuquerque, New Mexico I continued to see slugs on the menu. I was always amazed that they should choose prey which I considered inappropriate. I guess it's probably not a matter of conscious choice.

    I've even read reports of Dionaea muscipula capturing aquatic prey during periods of being submerged. What are we going to do to restrict their diet to appropriate meals? [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/confused.gif[/img]
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    BTW, Goldslinger, I have tried worm pieces too,a nd I think it's not bacteria that kills the trap-I think it's just too rich. Is that what you mean by "damaged", Joseph, with the slugs?
    I have black ants cause the same thing FlyTrapNewbie mentioned. I did not think they were carpenter, but they may have been young ones. Ants have some potent chemicals in them-has anyone wver watched the video "Death Trap" where the ant bites the D. rotundifolia leaf and it kills the leaf(they show it under time lapse photography)?
    But, like Joseph said, there is no sign saying"you must be this big to enter trap", so traps may die, but the plant still thrives.
    I guess, if I were looking for the optimum insect, it would be about a third of the length of the trap in size.
    Randall, have you tried feeding the traps directly instead of leting Nature take it's course?

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