Re: Very, Very Weird VFT Behavior

From: Carl Strohmenger (HSC) (
Date: Thu Jul 01 1999 - 03:28:11 PDT

Date: Thu, 1 Jul 1999 06:28:11 -0400 (EDT)
From: "Carl Strohmenger (HSC)" <>
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Subject: Re: Very, Very Weird VFT Behavior

Last year (October) at a plant sale in Tampa, Fla USA, I talked with a
customer who described similar behavior in a mature VFT which was living on
his kitchen windowsill. He described a leaf/trap that slowly moved in a
circular path over an hour's time. I thought it strange then, and still do.
- Carl

On Wed, 30 Jun 1999, Nile Smith wrote:

> Hi everyone,
> I just witnessed something very strange among some seedling VFTs of
> mine. I have them sitting on the windowsill in a covered plastic
> container. They were in direct sunlight so I moved them so they
> wouldn't burn, and I noticed that their slender, emerging stems with
> undeveloped traps on the end were swaying visibly back and forth like
> insect antennae or something! And it's not the wind or anything, they
> are moving with a will of their own. I am watching them writhe in an
> almost circular motion even as I type this. Has anyone else ever
> noticed this kind of behavior among VFTs? What could it be attributed
> to? Maybe the high temps on the window sill stimulated them into
> activity? Thanks for any input,
> Nile Smith

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