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Thread: What insects should you not feed to vfts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (dlybrand @ April 13 2005,1:46)]One thing you don't want to feed is lightning bugs! Mine (long since dead) caught one once and it was a nice parlor trick for the evening, the flashing trap caused by the insect in its death-throes, but the whole plant soon died. I think this was caused by the huge amounts of phosphorous it gave my plant.

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    Good tip [prying open my traps [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_m_32.gif[/img] j/k] but really - I always thought they would be perfect... guess it's back to the drawing board.

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    Quote[/b] (RandallFlagg @ April 12 2005,7:45)]So, when is it best to chop off the flower stalk, and where do I make the cut?
    As soon as you can get your scissors in there to make the cut, go for it. It may try to send up a second stalk.. cut that one too. If you have a small pair of scissors you can get right into the middle of the rosette. Be careful not to accidently clip a new trap which may be forming near the flower stalk.
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (dlybrand @ April 12 2005,7:46)]One thing you don't want to feed is lightning bugs! Mine (long since dead) caught one once and it was a nice parlor trick for the evening, the flashing trap caused by the insect in its death-throes, but the whole plant soon died. I think this was caused by the huge amounts of phosphorous it gave my plant.

    -D. Lybrand
    I tried that last summer and initiated a topic about it. To my knowledge, no harm was done to the VFT's. Perhaps I was just fortunate?

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    Quote[/b] (vft guy in SJ @ April 13 2005,5:18)]
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    Quote[/b] (RandallFlagg @ April 12 2005,7:45)]So, when is it best to chop off the flower stalk, and where do I make the cut?
    As soon as you can get your scissors in there to make the cut, go for it. It may try to send up a second stalk.. cut that one too. If you have a small pair of scissors you can get right into the middle of the rosette. Be careful not to accidently clip a new trap which may be forming near the flower stalk.
    Cool. Thanks.
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    I acutally prefer to twist and snap the flowering stem at the soil level. I keep my vfts outside in a tank, so I'm usually too lazy to walk back in for the scissors.
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    hey can VFT's munch on Woodlouse? you know them browny/purply insects?

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