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How do you easily remove the dead bugs from your drosera ?

PostPosted: Thu Oct 20, 2011 10:59 am
by roarke
I was trying with a tootpick, but it is hard. My drosera is not outside, so the wind cannot remove them. How do you easily do it ?

Re: How do you easily remove the dead bugs from your drosera

PostPosted: Thu Oct 20, 2011 12:20 pm
by Arctic
The simple answer is that I don't. I just let the plant keep the dead bug until the leaf dies and gets cut off or just rots. If the bug gets moldy I'd just use some tweezers. I've got a pair of tweezers and small scissors just for messing with my plants.

Re: How do you easily remove the dead bugs from your drosera

PostPosted: Thu Oct 20, 2011 12:57 pm
by stitz25b
maybe pull it off with tweezer?
its what i do

Re: How do you easily remove the dead bugs from your drosera

PostPosted: Thu Oct 20, 2011 4:19 pm
by Shipodavid
why you want do that???

i think that isn't necessary :/, the drosera can live with the dead insects in them leafs :D

Re: How do you easily remove the dead bugs from your drosera

PostPosted: Fri Oct 21, 2011 10:14 pm
by roarke
So the wind for example cannot remove all the insects.

Re: How do you easily remove the dead bugs from your drosera

PostPosted: Mon Oct 24, 2011 3:37 am
by colby100
Since i have mine under lights when the freeze dried blood worms get ugly i pull them off with tweasers it also lets pressure off the leaf and lets it recreate dew to catch crawling around soil mites i sometimes have.

Re: How do you easily remove the dead bugs from your drosera

PostPosted: Sat Oct 29, 2011 2:55 am
by RL7836
For most dews outside, the rain washes away the carcasses & with many species, it doesn't seem to bother them if the remains stay.

In 2009-10, I decided to start feeding my D. schizandra WFF's & it made a huge difference. Since the plant was in a closed container & the leaves are very thin, leaving the carcasses on the leaf ended up creating a hole in the leaf (or killing the whole leaf). Since that wasn't acceptable, I picked the largest part of the bug remains off with tweezers & wiped the remainder off with an IPA-soaked Q-tip. This ritual was a major pain & I do not recommend it unless absolutely necessary - see the pics in the thread above for the results...

Re: How do you easily remove the dead bugs from your drosera

PostPosted: Sun Oct 30, 2011 5:15 pm
by tommyr
I do not remove the bugs. Makes for a more dramatic display for visitors!

Re: How do you easily remove the dead bugs from your drosera

PostPosted: Tue Nov 01, 2011 9:09 pm
by roarke
tommyr wrote:I do not remove the bugs. Makes for a more dramatic display for visitors!

That's a good one. :lol:

Re: How do you easily remove the dead bugs from your drosera

PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2011 8:55 pm
by Adelaide
Mmmm :/ I'm like you, I think dead bugs are ugly and I love when the tentacles are all dewy, I wait til the leaf dries and then (I know its kinda gross) I just rub all the gnats off with my fingers, it works well enough and doesnt seem to damage the little red hairs.