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Thread: What insects should you not feed to vfts?

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    I'm sorry for having to start a whole nother thread about this, but I was wondering if there are insects that would end up damaging VFTs (and other CPs) if tossed into the tank with them. I just fed four baby crickets to my little buddies and thought to myself, "If these were caterpillars, would they end up devouring the plants?"

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    Anything too big to fit in the trap is out of the question. I've also heard warnings against anything with too much of an exoskeleton, like beetles and such.

    Good suggestions are ants, small spiders, and of course, flies of every variety.
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (Cynic81 @ April 08 2005,10:37)]Anything too big to fit in the trap is out of the question. I've also heard warnings against anything with too much of an exoskeleton, like beetles and such.

    Good suggestions are ants, small spiders, and of course, flies of every variety.
    I know about the size thing -the crickets worked out very nicely (for 26 cents). But I was wondering mainly if there's certain insects that can eat their way out of the traps.

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    Chopped earthworms rotted my traps everytime; too much bacteria from the earth their in, so I would suggest staying away from them. I also heard mealworms are too tough (someone correct me if I'm wrong)

    Also, like stated; no beetles and such including pillbugs.

    Sandhill crickets of the right size are excellent; and flies when you can catch them. Spiders are good; SOME ants are good; I think fire ants burn them with the venom and have good pincers that can chew.

    Complex proteins are out of the question as I'm sure you already know; like meat products, etc.

    I can't think of anything else to add.

    Hope this helps

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    Hmm, one of mine has a fairly thick 'skinned' beetle right now..
    What types of trouble might that cause.
    It was the first thing I saw crawling around, this spring, so it got fed to my new vft's.
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    From my limited experience, I would say not to feed it any carpenter ants. I fed two of my traps carpenter ants and they started turning black in the middle of the digestion. Anything else I've fed them (spiders, flies, pillbugs) have been eaten without a problem.

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    I read that, as a rule, anything larger than 1/3 the size of the trap is not a good idea. Save the crane flies for Nepenthes, sarrs, and large drosera.
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    I leave my pot of VFTs outside year round in the shade of my Sarracenia, and they are always catching insects on their own, just fine.

    They are snacking mostly on love bugs these days, as are the Sarracenia.

    In my experience, ants almost always turn the traps black.
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