Re: Nepenthes bicalcarata on trial for death of an inch worm.

From: Rand Nicholson (
Date: Wed May 26 1999 - 19:19:37 PDT

Date: Thu, 27 May 1999 07:19:37 +0500
From: Rand Nicholson <>
Message-Id: <aabcdefg1860$foo@default>
Subject: Re: Nepenthes bicalcarata on trial for death of an inch worm.


I had a similar problem with S. purpurea and plunged the plant in a bucket
of water overnight, entirely submersing it and weighing it down. I also
covered the container. The plant is too big for a critter to eat a whole
leaf, but there was nightly damage. Three medium size green caterpillars
that hid in the pitchers during the day were the problem.

Slugs will also go after (at least) the new pitchers. HTH.

Kind Regards,


> Last year I lost a S, purpurea to something eating its traps. I'd
>come home and a trap is gone. The bug was nowhere to be found. A leaf
>was lost each day until the plant was completely eaten and I never found
>the bug. Now the same thing is happening again. I keep moving the plants
>around and I still find new damage every day. I checked under, over, all
>around; I even checked the soil. Grasshoppers and crickets are non
>exsistant around my house, but there are hordes of caterpillers. I've had
>my Sarracenias on a bog island surrounded by water and still new damage
>with no bugs in sight. Do they now when I come home or something? Maybe
>I should buy an army of Nepenthes and surround my other CPs with them.

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