physical sign of useless trap

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Hi Joe,
The normal way to tell if a trap will not be active any more is that the trap does not have that 'sprung' look to it like in a new fully opened trap. After 2 or 3 'meals', the teeth are not poised in the same way (sometimes pointing vertically up still in digestion mode even when it has opened up) and/or the main part of the trap is still concave.

I hope that helps!
 
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Well, sometiems trigger hairs turn brown if they get really old, in which case they wont work.

Here is a picutre of a fatigued trap:

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Helped?

(Edited by Parasuco at 11:17 am on May 20, 2002)
 
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Need useless traps be pruned off immediately? If not immediately, should they be pruned off, ever? I tend to think that the energy required to maintain a useless trap would be better spent on creating new, healthy traps. Or does the photosynthesis benefit of leaving the trap outweigh the energy allocation drawback?
 
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i do know that part. yes leave the trap be. like you said it will act like a normal leaf. so i think the outcome of having a useless trap would be benifical for the entire plant. even though the trap wont be able to catch prey, it will still make food.
 
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