How often should I feed my Venus Fly Trap?

If you grow your plants outside, the answer to your question is never. They will catch all the food the need on their own. I was skeptical of this myself when I started growing Venus Fly Traps, but in fact it is rare to see an open trap! They are very good at luring and capturing their own food.

If you grow your plant inside, or if you just can't stand the temptation, feeding them a couple of insects a month would be sufficient...after all, it is so much fun to watch those traps slam closed! Under no circumstances should you feed your Venus Fly Trap any kind of people food. This will be very harmful to the plant and kill the trap that you feed the food to. Hamburger, pork, chicken, pasta, potato chips, avocado are all not on the menu for Venus Fly Traps. Venus Fly Traps are insectivorous plants, which means they only eat insects. So, feel free to feed them ants, spiders, earwigs, flies, or any other creepy crawly that you can catch!


#72 Barlion 2013-09-06 03:09
There is no need to feed your fly traps what so ever. In the wild they "eat" insects because the soil they grow in lacks nutrients. However potting soil is loaded with nutrients. You can pretty much take care of your fly traps just like any other plant depending on your location. I have had a few fly traps for years and have never fed them an insect and they are flourishing. They also don't catch their own because they are inside and there are never any insects where they are kept. Remember they are plants not animals.
#71 B 2013-06-25 08:33
That is very cool I bought mine at lowes to. When the snow melts a little then you can see if you can find some. If not you can see if you can go to a local bait and tackle shop (not Walmart, or bass pro for ex);-)! My local bait and tackle has flies :D:D:D:D
#70 B 2013-06-25 08:22
How many times have you fed that or those traps???? If you fed them 5 times they will fall off of your vft
#69 Elijah 2013-05-26 17:58
I fed my flytrap hamburger on accident. I am worried, what are its chances of survival
#68 KeetA 2013-01-23 22:04
So, I bought this Venus flying trap pack at lowes at there is about 12 of them. 1 is turning black but that will grow to new. I have them indoors because its so cool outside. I tried putting them in a window but my trees block the sun. Anyways, I have to catch individual bugs. Only 2 have been fed, but since its winter I can't really find any bugs. I need help because you can't feed them anything but insects :sad:
#67 gary 2012-11-11 11:01
hey guys, i've fed my VFT flies and small bugs before with no problem, however last week i fed my little guy two spiders and now both of those traps have turned black and died. I believe the spiders were long bodied cellar spiders. i think it must be the spiders because every other trap on my plant is perfectly fine. any ideas?
#66 General Hydroponics 2012-05-03 22:13
Is it a good idea to feed dead snail without its shell and slugs to my venus flytrap?
#65 General Hydroponics 2012-05-03 22:07
Can i feed snails and slugs to my Venus Flytrap? Will that be okay if i feel dead snails without the shell? There's a lot of snails and slugs around my house, so it would be a great treat for my Venus Flytrap.
#64 steve_d 2012-03-13 14:18
To Hayley-- If the Venus Flytrap is in its own pot, and doesn't share the soil nor water from the other plants around it, it should be fine. Nice idea. :-)
#63 Hayley 2012-03-13 13:52
Hello, i just recently bought a Venus Flytrap and i was wondering, we have a lot of pretty wild flowers in our yard, and i have a cage for my Venus, so i was wondering, if i put it in a separate container (so it can have more moisture) can i surround it with more wild plants? or could that be harmful? also all the plants are smaller than the trap..i was hoping that the other flowers could attract more food to it.
#62 steve_d 2012-02-25 15:56
to "i need help"-- Questions are answered in the FlytrapCare Forum (
#61 micawber 2012-02-25 15:44
Will you help me I just got a vft at a science center and got one I don't no what it eats or anything about it will you help me
#60 aya 2012-01-22 12:58
Hello my name is Aya I just hot my Venus fly trap what can.I feed it and can I play with like poke with a small qutib please email me thanks, aya;-)
#59 Alexandra stultZ 2011-11-30 07:22
If I don't feed my Venus fly trap:sad:
#58 izack 2011-05-14 10:45
i bought a VFT a couple of days ago, and it has 9 trapes. i have feed it a variaty of different insects and i was wondering, is it possable to overfeed your VFT??:o
#57 Pyromancer01 2011-05-06 04:33
#56 Sophie 2011-04-09 17:14
Sorry. I just got my first Vft at the Chicago science museum!!!:-) they are all healthy and I am going to feed them an ant! They are Apollo cool.
#55 Austin 2011-04-06 22:31
I'm going to start my hobby as a gardener and was just wondering what fly trap I should have around to prevent bugs and pests from getting my plants. Any bug trap suggestions? :-)
#54 galen 2011-01-26 02:19
can i feed some red big ants in the venus flu trap??????????? ???:cry:
#53 steve_d 2010-11-08 13:38
Can you feed your Venus Flytrap a lady bug?

Join the FlytrapCare Forum (, ask the question there and find out! :-)
#52 :- 2010-11-08 11:06
Can I feed my venus fly trap a lady bug.
#51 lara warren 2010-09-16 13:25
1. Traps can be red/ green all green all red, any red or green is good. black is dying/dead. not much you can do once the black appears. yellow means to much water.
2. There are four hairs in the trap. if one is triggered a "timer" goes off. if another hair is touched within 20 seconds the mouth shuts. No to traps closing speeds are alike. like tiger stripes.
3. it can eat almost any bug. Its takes a lot to kill a PLANT, do not worry if one TRAP dies; it only takes three days for a new trap to regrow. Make sure to keep clipping away dead traps.
4. one almost foolproof cure for "stress signs" is leaving the whole plant completly alone (looking only) for a few days. I know there tempting to touch.
5. I dissagree with the never feed is okay thing for indoor plants. They are and look stronger, healthier, and a whole heck of a lot more fun to watch if a few TRAPS are fed once or twice a month.
6. I learned all this from : science fair, My plant Spike, internet, and experience. Bye!
#50 steve_d 2010-07-05 10:06
Justin, please join the Forum ( and ask your questions there. Thanks--
#49 justin w b 2010-07-05 07:04
I just got my venus fly trap 3 day ago I fed each trap one thing is it ok it has 12 large traps and 2dozen tiny ones 2 large are green on the inside and wont open some are black ane some at the bottom have crooced teeth that are brown,

p.s.this is wate i fed it a fire-flie,an oke bug ,flie ,a bo-weevle respond asap:sad::sad:
#48 Kaeli 2010-05-20 11:59
um well my Venus fly trap caught a lady bug!! i was wondering if that was okay... Im not even sure but it aready closed shut and i just got it the other day and i really dont want it to die! please reply ASAP
#47 alice 2010-04-07 11:43
heyyah my names alice
i brought a VFT today and i killed an ant and
put it in one of the traps but some how it never closed
theres new ones growing i was just wondering
if its ok ? and is there new ones growning becuase
the rest are damiged ?
also the inside og the traps are not red there green ? is this normal for any of this to be happening ? ;-) please reply
from alice x :-)
#46 Tyree 2010-03-30 16:50
I bought a venus at Lowes and left it outside while it rained.When iI checked it I can see some type of worm it caught and I'm afraid it might kill my Venus.Also some of my traps are slowly turning black. Can you help me?
#45 Brenden 2010-03-08 20:26
I was just wondering that if vft ate a spider will it be bad for it? I'm new to vft's so answer if you can.

#44 DAISY GOMEZ 2010-03-05 18:10
#43 123456789 2010-02-23 19:24
please get back to me please and how long does a VFT live?
#42 123456789 2010-02-23 19:20
i heard that the one of the mouths of the VFT that ,that mouth when it eats it die's then it grows another one back is that true?
#41 123456789 2010-02-23 19:16
by the way it not red inside its all green is this bad?
#40 123456789 2010-02-23 19:14
I gote my VFT today and it NOT opining its mouth and i put 2 bugs in
what is happening to it?
#39 EMM 2010-02-18 16:05
I had got a VFT today and I wanted to know if I can feed it DEAD bugs thank Emm
#38 EricNibZ 2010-01-25 19:54
Hi! I live in NY very close to buffalo and I will be getting a VFT very soon, I was wondering if it is still ok to have my venus flytrap outside in the summer and NOT feed it. In other words will the amount of insects we have here be enough to sustain its life?
#37 Selene 2009-12-11 13:53
I just bought myself a Venus fly trap today and i was wondering about buying wingless fruit flies from the pet store. they are rather small and i was wondering how often i should feed them to my plant? if you could email me back that would be awesome. selene
#36 Matthew Thomas 2009-11-10 15:36
How often do Venus fly traps eats? Do you have to feed them every week or every few days? If you have to feed them every few days how many days? And how many ants will they eat?
#35 Baysaun 2009-08-24 08:15
can i feed it dead insects

i just fed it a dead moth

i found it this afternoon so it still has nutriants
#34 Sarah 2009-07-31 18:30
I mean like, spray water into it. Would that be easier than just pouring it?
#33 Cicca205 2009-07-31 01:12
NO, Defiantly not. Do not feed them anything that they would not catch in the wild... It wouldnt work anyway cus the pray that the trap catches needs to struggle to signle the sealing proccess.

Hope i helped
#32 ruby 2009-07-09 00:31
i went to snip the dead traps from my venus fly plant

and i noticed in the soil that there are tons of tiny little bugs.
there are a lot crawling in there

i wonder is this natural? are they suppose to be there?
because i really don't know why they are there ;~;
#31 memo 2009-07-08 20:06
hey how big its have to be my plan for feed her
#30 Matt 2009-06-07 17:29

It's not common for people to spray their VFT. For your second question about feeding your VFT, read above. If you have more questions, feel free to join the forum and ask them there.

#29 lauren 2009-06-07 17:24
i realy dont know if i shoud spray my VFT do people do that?

how often do i feed it?
#28 Matt 2009-05-25 17:21
Hello Bianca!

That's a lot of questions. You should join the forum and ask those there. This section is for comments primarily, if you have something to add to the answer of the FAQ.
#27 Bianca 2009-05-25 15:31
I am just wondering how many times i should SPRAY IT with water?
OR if putting pebbles and then water works better?if so how much water do i put in the terrarium?
I bought mine they said it was 4" ...with about 7 traps how big can they get? how many buggs should i feed it a month if there are 7 traps?
and what kinda container should i put it in?
SORRY for all the questions i just want mine to live for a while and get big!
thank you so much
#26 somebody 2009-05-21 11:51
actually, when venua fly traps that aren't grown in the wild , the trap ( only that trap not rest ) that ate the insect will fall off so feed only one trap once a month
#25 Aaron 2009-04-30 17:33
Help! My venus fly trap Won't make any more traps! I fed it,give them enought sunlight, and Water them! and is April, is not going to dormant is it!.
#24 Matt 2009-03-22 05:10

This really is a question for the forum. Follow the link to the forum at the top of the page and ask there. I'd have to know more about your weather, but it's likely that you can leave your plant outside most of the year and perhaps all of the year.

#23 sam 2009-03-22 05:09
hello i bought a vft yesterday i was wondering where should i put it i live in turkey so in the winter it quite cold but in the summer its really hot. plus the trap is green on the inside instead of red was wondering is there a problem with my plant thanks sam
#22 Matt 2009-03-13 12:02

I've not experienced the little bushes you're describing. You should join the forum and post a photo there and perhaps we could figure it out.

#21 Alex 2009-03-13 11:06
Not sure, but I read something about if a Venus Fly Trap is fed too much, algea grows near or around it? And I see these threey tiny milimeter sized bushes. Is this bad?
#20 Matt 2009-02-24 12:59

You should remove it from that plastic container and set it in a sunny windowsill in a tray of distilled water until the weather is nice enough outside to put it out. You don't ever have to feed a venus flytrap, but you do have to give it a lot of sun.

You should join the forum and ask questions there. I hope to see you in the forums!

#19 Amy 2009-02-24 11:56
I got my VFT today and i was reading these my VFT is in a plastic container sort of like a terrarium...and im keeping it inside...SO DO I EVER HAVE TO FEED IT?? WILL IT DIE IF I DONT??

Amy ;-)
#18 Matt 2009-02-22 05:16

The best thing to do is use the tray method. Did you read the article titled "Water and Venus Fly Traps" under "Basic Concepts" on the left main menu? It should tell you everything you need to know.

If not, you should join the forum and ask more questions there. I hope to see you on the forum!

#17 Nath 2009-02-22 05:11
i just bought me VFT but i dont know very much aout it... the only thing im wondering about is how many times i should water it.

Thanks, Matt :-)
#16 tasha 2009-02-14 00:13
am i able to feed my flytrap fruits and vegies?
#15 Matt 2009-01-29 15:32
Hey Allie,

No, there is no need to feed your VFT in the winter time. In fact, you don't ever really need to feed them.
#14 Allie Baker 2009-01-29 15:22
The question pretty much says it all, but it's indoor so I'm not sure what to do. :sad:

Please e-mail me back ASAP.

Thanks! Allie :-)
#13 Matt 2008-12-15 05:18
Oh yes, your plant is almost certainly still alive. 5 days in the mail is nothing. I just got plants in the mail that took over 3 weeks to get here and they're still alive.

Typically when the plants are in the mail, the traps get tripped so much that they will no longer respond. That's why they won't close for you. Also, when the plant is dormant, sometimes the traps won't close or they'll close slowly.

When your plant starts coming out of dormancy, it'll put out new traps and those will work fine.

If you have any more questions, you should join the forum and ask them there.
#12 Emma 2008-12-15 04:56
I just received my new Venus Fly Trap in the post - it was apparently posted on the 10th and I didn't receive it until the 15th which makes me worry that it might be dead?

The pot is still moist and it looks green enough but the open traps don't close when stimulated (I was convinced it must be dead after such a long journey so decided to go for broke) Do they still close around prey in winter or could it be dormant? One trap had also strangely closed around a hunk of soil :sad:

Any chance it's still alive?
#11 Matt 2008-11-09 05:09
It's best to only feed your venus fly trap things that it would catch in the wild. I don't think maggots would hurt it, but this is something that it likely wouldn't catch in the wild.
#10 Ryan Martin 2008-11-09 00:21
Hey can my venus trap eat maggot worm??

because i start worry i bought it yeasterday it never open yet :sad:

can you help me??

ryan martin
#9 alejandro 2008-11-07 21:19
i have a question you said to feed them once a month what happens if i feed them more often and if i can when please get back to me ASAP its for a science fair project
#8 Oscar 2008-10-31 03:48
hey my name is oscar and i wanted to say that i bought a venus fly trap in food lion on Oct. 28,2008 and the next day i found a mosquito and fed it to my fly trap and i wont shut it's mouth to eat it and none of my traps are opening their mouths so only one is barely shutting and the others wont open their mouths can you e-mail me back if you have a solution.

#7 Matt 2008-08-16 12:10
I assume what you mean is that you have one venus fly trap plant with 4 or 5 traps. If that's the case, it would probably be overkill to feed all the traps at once. Most growers agree that 1 or 2 bugs a month is sufficient.

If you mean you have 4 or 5 different plants, you can feed all of them a couple bugs a month.
#6 mat blades 2008-08-16 08:07
if you have 4 or 5 Venus fly traps and you feed a bug just to one of them would it be o.k to feed bugs to all of them? j.d ;-)
#5 nicole 2008-07-12 09:53
I bought a small fish tank with the pebble catch on the bottom.. to have water under the plant for humidity (indoor plant). I was wondering if buying the tank was a good idea beings as it need a dense amount of humidity? 8)
#4 Matt 2008-06-23 02:31
You can remove them if you'd like, but it is usually better to just leave them. Sometimes the corpses of the dead insects will attract a second meal for the trap, such as an ant or a spider coming in to try to eat the corpse.
#3 Richard 2008-06-22 14:21
Should I remove old dead insect corpses after the trap has reopened or just leave them?
#2 Matt 2008-05-16 06:10
You can try worms, but I haven't personally done that. You're better off sticking with insects. I have read that people feed Venus Fly Traps maggots, which is kind of like a worm, but it's safer to stay with insects.

No, if you don't feed your Venus Fly Trap it will be fine. Just give it plenty of sunlight, and clean water.

Good luck with your new plant!
#1 tosha 2008-05-16 03:00
can i feed it worms? if i dont feed it will it die?

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