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Drosera capensis is generally considered to be a weed.  If it is a weed, it is my favorite weed.  I love the way it looks when the sun hits the dew, and I find the "All Red" variety extremely gorgeous.  I thought I would share a couple of photos. Drosera capensis "All White" above. Drosera capensis "All Red" above. Gorgeous plant (in my opinion).
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There was a grower clearing out his Venus Fly Trap collection and I took that opportunity to expand mine! This time of year (mid-November) isn't the best time to get plants because you have to wait for 4 months or so before you actually get to enjoy them growing. Right now they look absolutely horrible, but I wanted to document how bad they look right now so that I can compare them to how they look after I grow them for a year. Below is a photo of the nastiness that are my new plants:
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Hi Everyone! I've posted some pictures of my Dionaea and the 1st picture is of my Cup Trap totally hidden by a bunch of Typiclas. The poor Cup trap must fight for sunlight! Next picture is of B52,Red Piranha,Triffid Traps and Big Mouth sharing the same pot all living happily together. The 3rd picture is of Fine Tooth x red. As you can see, he is not worried about dormancy and continues eating and growing. The 4th picture is of my B52 and as you can see Red Piranha decided that he wanted to be in the picture too. The last couple of pictures are of  H13 with Sawtooth in the back ground and Red Burgundy to the left. As you can see, Red Burgundy is going dormant. I should have  done this a month ago as most of my plants are entering dormancy and use to look much better. Enjoy!   Giovanni
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Well, it's getting late in the year now and soon my flytraps will stop growing. This is a sad time for me, but I know that they must sleep through winter in order to live another year. I'll be looking forward to springtime for the next 5 months or so. In the mean time, I will be watching the seedlings that I have growing in my terrarium which I will keep warm and on a 16 hour photoperiod throughout winter so that they have a chance to get ahead before I move them outside next spring. My plants had a really good year this year. Spring was pretty late in arriving, so I had to keep them inside until May, but once I got them outside, they started growing like crazy and never looked back. They didn't develop much color until the middle of August, but they put out tons of traps and some pretty large ones at that! About a week ago, which was sometime around the end of September, I noticed that the new traps that my plants were producing weren't growing far from the rhizome. The leaf bases are short, the traps are very slow to form and open, and the traps aren't getting very big. Also, the traps that have already been produced are turning black and dying off the plants at a much faster pace than the were during the summer. These are all tell tale signs that my plants are winding down their growing season and preparing to enter dormancy. They are still catching food pretty regularly, but the traps are much slower to close. I was outside the other day and I happened to see a fly land in one of the traps. He tripped the trigger hairs and the trap sprung, but it was too slow. The fly was out before the trap was able to seal the deal. This is also an indication of dormancy approaching. Traps close much more slowly when it is cooler outside and when the plant is going dormant. So before my plants start looking like they are mostly dead, which is the case when they are dormant, I decided to take a few photos. I hope you enjoy! 1955 Clone - Rob Ziemer: Dionaea muscipula 'Jaws': Jaws is one of my most vigorous growers. Dionaea muscipula 'B52': Dionaea muscipula 'Cupped Trap': Dionaea muscipula 'Fused Tooth' Dionaea muscipula 'Fused Tooth' and 'Sawtooth' Some seedlings that I planted back in mid August: A digested wasp suspended above some good colored traps: Some deep red coloration on my typicals Drosera intermedia My Sarracenia leucophylla:
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I finally made my terrarium! It didn't turn out exactly like I wanted it to, but it works. I put plastic wrap over the top of the tank until I can get a glass top for it. I am still going to buy a fluorescent grow light to put over the terrarium, but for now it is fine.  It is a bit empty as of now. I'm going to buy a Drosera coccicaulis to add to the tank. I'm going to order one plant at a time so that I don't get stuck with a bunch of dead plants or plants that are unhealthy. I made that mistake once. Anyway, here is a very blurry photo of my new terrarium. Hope you enjoy!    
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Some of you know that I bought my plants from a website called www.bugbitingplants.com, well my Drosera Venusta has died already. I did end up getting my money back, but because my online banking isn't set up I can't tell if the money is back in my bank account or not. I really want to order new plants. I already have some picked out. It might help if I washed out the fish tank I was supposed to use for my terrarium though. I left it at my other house. I don't eaven have the right dirt for my plants. I bought Sphagnum Peat Moss by Miracle Gro and found out that it has fertilizer in it, so now it is downstairs waiting to be used on other miscellaneous plants.       Mordecai; RIP
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So I went outside today to look at my Carnivorous Plants and I was pleasantly surprised with a beautiful pink flower on my D. Capensis 'All Red'.  Below are a couple of shots. A macro shot of the flower: The whole plant:    Beautiful, no?
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So it seems that the later in the summer coloration of my Venus Fly Traps is the best that I've seen all year.  Have a look for yourself.  These are just typical VFTs:  
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Early in the summer it seemed like my Venus Fly Traps were mostly catching earwigs.  As the summer has progressed, they have moved to catching mostly winged insects and spiders.  I snapped a few shots of dead insects inside traps to show the wide variety of insects that Venus Fly Traps can eat.  You will see spiders, wasps, flies, centipedes, moths, and more in the traps.  All of these photos were taken after the traps had open and the insects had been digested.  A wasp (or hornet):  A blue wasp of some sort: A small but beautiful blue fly: A spider: A centipede:    A moth: A large purple-colored fly:  Another wasp (or hornet): A grand-daddy long legs: An earwig and a small fly: Notice that the earwig has fallen out of the trap.  This is from the rain we had recently.  There is also an average of 2 traps per plant that are closed right now in the digestion phase.  It is always cool to see what they caught when they open back up.  Thanks for looking!
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Most of you probably aren't in school anyway, but...I did that a couple of weeks ago. I thought it wouldn't be a big deal because my school is very small. As soon as I got in the door, however, two of the kids were trying to close all the traps despite my telling them that is bad for the plant. Then they tried shoving a dead fly into one of the closed traps. I eventually had to hide it.  The moral of the story? Never bring your VFT to school. Or any other place with ignorant children. Not that my classmates are stupid or anything. Oh, my real blog is here: www.vestroia.blogspot.com I talk about really random stuff there. ^-^' 
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This is just a test for right now. I plan on writing a full-blown blog and updating it, perhaps as often as daily, with the status of my plants and any cool things they catch or talk about their growth, color or whatever else I think is interesting about them that day!
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