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By mhal408
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hi, i am curious, it is okay for CP to digest a venomous/poisonous insects? in particular a Tomcat ant (paederus littoralis) because i noticed they have been near my CP, so far ive seen 2 of them, one was hanging out near my water tray and the other was near wet rockwools with seedlings in it. i fed the second one to my drosera yesterday and just found out that this insect is rather dangerous although the coloured stripes warned me not to touch them directly.

apparently there was an outbreak of this species back then in south east asia.
By uxleumas
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mhal408 wrote: Tue Sep 29, 2020 4:20 am hi, i am curious, it is okay for CP to digest a venomous/poisonous insects? in particular a Tomcat ant (paederus littoralis) because i noticed they have been near my CP, so far ive seen 2 of them, one was hanging out near my water tray and the other was near wet rockwools with seedlings in it. i fed the second one to my drosera yesterday and just found out that this insect is rather dangerous although the coloured stripes warned me not to touch them directly.

apparently there was an outbreak of this species back then in south east asia.
yea they're fine. just a few days ago someone's plant somwhere on the fourm caught a black widdow. as long as they don't eat the plant it should be okay
By mhal408
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yep just checked this morning and drosera still fine but the insect is gone probably due to heavy rain yesterday. i was worried because the insect "blood" is poisonous, said to be more potent than cobra venom. tbh i worry more of my family wellbeing than the CP as of now :shock:
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By murrkywaters
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Worst case scenario the trap rots, but predatory insects seem to give a little extra boost. At least according to anecdotal reports. Perhaps they bio accumulate some helpful nutrients. Size seems to be a bigger factor in rotting the traps. Drosera tend to handle small prey best. FWIW the pitcher I gave the widow to is fine. It looks rough because it developed in less than ideal lighting conditions, but I see no evidence of detrimental effects. Well see in a week and a half how well it's doing.

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By mhal408
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murrkywaters wrote: Wed Sep 30, 2020 5:33 am Worst case scenario the trap rots, but predatory insects seem to give a little extra boost. At least according to anecdotal reports. Perhaps they bio accumulate some helpful nutrients. Size seems to be a bigger factor in rotting the traps. Drosera tend to handle small prey best. FWIW the pitcher I gave the widow to is fine. It looks rough because it developed in less than ideal lighting conditions, but I see no evidence of detrimental effects. Well see in a week and a half how well it's doing.

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oh wow, here i thought drosera might handle bigger insect better than a flytrap. i feed it to my drosera because i got the plant for free :lol:

my nep is still developing its pitcher since it loses 2 pitchers from shipping shock. anyway please do update your nep :D

Nice cat btw.
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By MikeB
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mhal408 wrote: Wed Sep 30, 2020 5:21 ami was worried because the insect "blood" is poisonous, said to be more potent than cobra venom.
"Poisonous to animals" and "poisonous to plants" are two very different things.
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By murrkywaters
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mhal408 wrote:

my nep is still developing its pitcher since it loses 2 pitchers from shipping shock. anyway please do update your nep :D

Nice cat btw.
Thanks!

My nep is still very small so I gave it to a sarracenia, but it should be just fine.

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By mhal408
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murrkywaters wrote: Mon Oct 12, 2020 4:48 pm The plant is still thriving. Image

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damn those plants looks good. i dont know why but sarracenia is so expensive over here compared to other CP.
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