Re: VFT & Dried Flies

From: Carl Strohmenger (HSC) (
Date: Sat Jan 23 1999 - 19:13:36 PST

Date: Sat, 23 Jan 1999 22:13:36 -0500 (EST)
From: "Carl Strohmenger (HSC)" <>
Message-Id: <aabcdefg206$foo@default>
Subject: Re: VFT & Dried Flies

The dried flies probably do not yield any liquid when the trap closes on
them. The *fly juice* might be necessary for the enzyme chemistry to be
activated on the surface of the trap face. Try soaking the dried flies in a
little warm water for 30 minutes before dropping into the trap.

I saw the same lack of interest when I tried to feed dried miniature shrimp
(fish food) to my VFTs. It was much easier to just put the plants in an
outdoor environment and let them catch their own food.

- Carl

On Sat, 23 Jan 1999 wrote:

> Today I went and purchased a small bottle of dried flies at the local pet
> store with the idea of feeding them to my VFT's. Of course the traps closed
> after teasing them with the bug however, they are reopening rather than
> forming a seal around the insect. Why is this? How can I inspire my plants
> that they have a real meal and trigger them to digest?
> Thanks

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