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Fly trap wont eat

by lalalison » Mon Jan 14, 2013 6:26 pm

The first time I fed him, it was fine: the trap closed and opened up again a few days later.
Now, this is the second time feeding him: I put the bug in the trap and it closes. But about 12 hours later the trap reopens and the bug does not appear to be eaten. I tried everything: new bugs, different traps.
Why isnt my venus fly trap eating?
How can I get him to eat?
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Re: Fly trap wont eat

by Daniel_G » Mon Jan 14, 2013 6:39 pm

Are you putting live insects or dead insects in?
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Re: Fly trap wont eat

by lalalison » Mon Jan 14, 2013 7:48 pm

I have some dad insects. They came with the plant

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Re: Fly trap wont eat

by Daniel_G » Mon Jan 14, 2013 7:53 pm

Dead insects won't work. Have a read of this.
http://www.flytrapcare.com/venus-fly-tr ... ml?start=1

Take into account that prey need to move to stimulate the trap to close properly.

You can slightly "Massage" the trap between your finger and thumb to stimulate it, and that may make it seal on dead insects.
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Re: Fly trap wont eat

by cyph3r_gfy » Mon Jan 14, 2013 7:54 pm

You will need to gently massage the closed trap for a few minutes. If it closes on a dead, unmoving insect the trap will act like it caught nothing and open again.

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Re: Fly trap wont eat

by xr280xr » Mon Jan 14, 2013 7:57 pm

If the insect does not move inside the trap, the trap will assume the bug escaped and won't try to digest it. You can avoid this by gently squeezing the trap between your fingers after it has closed to continue to trigger the trigger hairs.
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