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    My "Wacky Traps" (aka "Bart Simpson") survived the winter and is starting to put out Spring traps. Yesterday I took the first photos with my new camera (Canon Digital Rebel) as a learning experiment (handheld autofocus). They are a bit crappy. Once I learn to use it, I will get better.

    Anyway, the plant is about 3-inches across. The new Spring leaves have not yet fully developed or opened, but it looks like the first traps will be about 3/4 inch. I just noticed the strange location of the trigger hairs. This placement is consistent on all traps.



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    DANG! Them things look like burn victims!
    What happens when a bug gets trapped? Do they escape more frequently because the hairs are, umm, burned off?

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    Cool, those trigger hairs look like fangs! I think those wacky traps look more like "jagged peaks and hills"
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    hmmm? I guess I don't see the pleasure in owning TC mutation like that. I would much rather have 10 nice robust VFT with good coloring in the traps then one of those. Personally, I think they should call that cultivar: Dionaea muscipula 'Aphid Attack' hahahaahaha. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_n_32.gif[/img]

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    To each his own. No aphids, just a stable mutation. To me, it is one of the more interesting VFT forms, simply because it repesents an extreme. I really want to play with selfed seedlings, should I be so lucky to get a flower and some seed. One of the fundamental ideas in science is that you generally learn more by observing the extremes than the average. To some of us, ugly is beautiful. And, to me, fun is in experimentation and discovery.

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    Without the intermeshing hairs, how efficient is it at holding prey? It is a strange one to say the least.

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (Jason_In_CO @ April 15 2005,3:21)]Without the intermeshing hairs, how efficient is it at holding prey? It is a strange one to say the least.
    I didn't think the traps were functional.... Bob - is that true? Or are they partially functional like 'cup-trap'?

    I'm in agreement w/ Bob that I think it's a great mutation (but I wish it was more robust).

    I don't own one of these yet but my 'fused tooth' is now my favorite. You never know what the new traps will look like - everything from a normal trap (esp in the spring) to 100% webbing (kinda like a clam) and everything in between. The most frequent trap looks like eyelashes w/ heavy mascara (as my wife tells me).
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    I'm with WickedThistle! Anything "outside the box" is cool!

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