Look closely and you can see a couple super-tiny looking traps beside it. Look right under the end of the Simpson trap. It looks like a couple dead or reddish-looking traps. Look how small they are compared to the Simpson!!! I can't get over that!
Can anyone who really knows bugs tell me if this thing was eating fire ants?
All of the other traps around it in that picture are by far immature next to this one. If you look to the back and to the left of the small ones, it looks almost like a more mature flytrap. Also, someone on the cpuk forum had suggested that it looked like a bug had eaten part of it. The outside of the trap does exhibit what appears to be scarring, almost like something bit into it.
This varient, which I prefer to call Pinking Shear (because it won't get me sued) is real, but not big. Actaully, they are probubly smaller because of the misformed truncated mouths. Their leaves are thicker then normal though.
Edit: Red Purples/big mouths have shorter petiols but not proticularly larger mouths then everage. The Southwest giant is the reverse with really big petiols. Because most giant-types are not really defined, you can't really say which is the biggest.
No offense but you can't make any claims to size of traps, leaf/petiole form, color, without growing any of these plants for years personally or talking directly with someone that has. Studying pictures on the internet doesn't cut it. CULTURE plays such a huge role in how large a VFT will grow as well as the color and form of the leaves. It wouldn't surprise me to see a very healthy normal VFT with larger traps and leaves than a mediocre grown 'big trap' variety. You have no idea how old these plants are or even size from a single picture. You have no idea the climate and care given to the plants. Also don't forget that leaf form changes throughout the year. A single picture is what the plant looked like on that particular day. What about the other 364 days out of the year? How do you know when the picture was taken? Was it taken during the Spring before Summer leaves were produced? Maybe it was taken in the Fall Without growing them for multiple years and gaining this knowledge first hand all your making is guesses and presumptions which benefits noone.