What should I feed my venus fly trap?

DO NOT feed your Venus Fly Trap anything other than insects. Under no circumstances should a Venus Fly Trap be fed something that it couldn't catch on its own in nature. First of all, this will likely make the trap turn black and die if it actually forms a seal around the meat and starts to digest it. Continually feeding a Venus Fly Trap stuff like chicken, beef or pork could actually end up killing the plant.

Secondly, it is unlikely that the trap will even seal completely to begin the digestion process because it requires live prey on the inside of the trap struggling to signal the trap to seal.

The only things you should feed your Venus fly traps are insects. Any kind of insect is fine. Flies, beetles, spiders, wasps, earwigs and pretty much anything that crawls or flies and is an insect is good.

The reality is that you don't actually need to feed your Venus Fly Trap anything other than lots of sunlight. If you grow it outside, it will catch all the food it needs on its own and get plenty of sun.


#28 metro_sheep 2014-01-01 11:34
Would it be efficient to keep a tub of alive bugs, or just go catch them from outside?
#27 ola 2013-07-14 00:08
thnx for the help i just got my trsp yestaday:-):D;- )
#26 Christian 2013-06-01 12:31
I started my Venus fly trap from seed it sprouted;-) but I don't know when its big enough to eat bugs, please tell me the age:D
#25 Brooke 2013-03-26 08:06
I feed my VFT raw fish or whatever other raw meat I have out at the time and it's flourishing. I also grow it inside and it's grown twice the size it used to be! If you can't find bugs, I know that beta fish food pellets can also work because they have a lot of protein in them. But yea, they mostly just need a lot of sunshine and they are pretty happy. :-)
#24 Sie 2013-02-21 15:08
I live in Canada so I don't really see bugs alot in the winter. My plant is sitting on my room windowsill, and it gets plenty of light but I do not know what to feed it or if I should feed it. Please help
#23 sadyn 2012-07-06 11:24
wow. i thought u were supposed to feed them raw hamburgur meat:o
#22 Romy 2012-06-25 02:52
I keep my VFT inside and its still growing and its fine. as long as you water it with rain water, ther shouldnt be any problems.
but a few times i fed it with "wood lice" or what ever they are called (roll together to a ball) and the leaves of my VFT where these insects were in died.
so i stopped feeding it with "wood lice", i tried ants. but they didnt digest the ants completely.
ill try the ants again, see how it goes.

but why does the plant die when i feed it "wood lice"?
#21 Ryan 2012-05-06 15:44
I got a new fly trap today and me and my brother went outside edmediteley to find bugs.... but the only ones we found we alive spiders
#20 fm 2012-04-25 07:32
does the venus fly trap need to be in a hot and humid place or a cold place and where can i get a led light for it:-)
#19 annonymous 2012-02-14 14:57
Can VFTs eat box elder bugs? I have a lot of those in my house and outside it, and I don't want it to eat it if it is bad! :P
#18 megan 2012-02-05 07:24
will they eat crickets idk cuz i put one next to my vft and they did not eat it and it was alive ;-):D8):P:-*8): o:sad::D;-):-): sad:
#17 Hailey 2011-11-27 11:26
Can a fly trap eat crickets :-)
#16 james a 2011-06-21 05:05
i love these plants i have 3 vft i recently just fed mine a spider and it has happily digested it i once come home from school and 1 of my heads were closed i know for fact i never fed it and when i shone the sun on the mouth of the plant i seen a blue bottle buzzing to it's death heheheheheheheh eheh I LOVE THIS PLANT
#15 daslasher 2011-02-26 17:28
DO NOT FEED YOUR VFT'S ANTS!! i know from experience and i need to know exactly what and what not to feed my VFT and if you feed ur VFT ants the heads will turn black and die
#14 steve_d 2010-10-15 17:33
To Old Gregg-- Harlequin bugs puncture the leaves of plants to suck juices. Perhaps a captured harlequin bug punctures the trap from inside in several places, causing those puncture wounds to turn brown? Or perhaps harlequin bugs have a substance within them that a Venus Flytrap doesn't like, much as birds avoid certain insects because they taste bad or possibly contain an acid (like bombardier beetles) that does damage? :-)
#13 Old Gregg 2010-10-15 17:04
I've got a robust VFT that is thriving, but whenever I feed it harlequin beetles (lady-bug like things) the trap gets a black spot within a day where the beetle was and eventually dies. Softer-bodied insects like flies and such with thinner exoskeletons seem to be easier for it to digest and seal.
#12 Umut 2010-06-18 08:34
I learned that if there's not a lot of bugs, you can give your VFT some fish food pellets.
#11 Matt 2009-12-07 16:08

Where did you get your care packet from? It's fairly well known that Venus flytraps need clean water (low in dissolved solids) and should not be fed anything that they wouldn't catch on their own in nature.

#10 Tiffany Chambers 2009-12-07 13:53
ok so i find this comes into controversy with the actual care packet i got with my Venus Flytrap. it clearly states to NOT used purified water, that tap water works just fine and that if bugs are scarce that some other meat (hamburger, hotdog, etc.) may be used. now i have hand fed this plant of mine and it is doing very well. it being winter and all sunlight is hard to come by. so this article leaves me with alot of confusion on the care of my plant. :sad:
#9 Joe 2009-11-04 15:46
#8 Pickles6 2009-08-18 13:52
Thanks for the scoop! It will help! I think if you can't put them outside, just put them in front of a window that gets sun and feed it bugs once in a while
#7 lizardman 2009-07-14 11:03
We live in a northern climate, so it's hot outside right now but it will get snowy and cold in the winter. How can we keep our flytrap alive inside? Also, we tried to feed it a smear of aphids and we hit the trigger hairs to make it close and it won't! Any ideas? We got the tips about the water and we will start feeding it purified water right away. We only found your website today and so we'd allowed the flower stalk to exist for about a month. Many new little flytraps are coming up, but the old ones look weak and we don't have that gorgeous red colour at all.
#6 gg 2009-05-16 00:37
Thanks for the tips i just got mine yesterday.;-) so i wanted to figure out how to take good care of it. i am also doing a science project on it. this will help me alot!!!! Thanks again!!!!!:-)
#5 latoya 2009-05-01 04:27
i touched my venus fly trap and he mout close will it die it hasnt opened yet and i am worried there is also a black one in there i think it is dead should i cut ioff from the rest of them i six in all some havent opened yet.
#4 nevada 2009-04-11 12:53
my dad thought beetles were poisen to a vft thanks forn the tip:-)
#3 Tommyr 2008-10-12 03:59
VFTs do NOT need to be fed. They will get all the bugs they need while outside. Actually, they get the majority of their food from Sunlight, bugs are like desert for them.

They should not be grown inside, they will not last long inside.
#2 Matt 2008-08-25 10:47
See the first sentence above "DO NOT feed your Venus Fly Trap anything other than insects." And also the last paragraph: "The reality is that you don't actually need to feed your Venus Fly Trap anything other than lots of sunlight. If you grow it outside, it will catch all the food it needs on its own and get plenty of sun."
#1 carole 2008-08-25 00:45
i don't know what to feed my fly trap :sad:.is their any other food's i can feed it (not bugs)?

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