Lately I’ve noticed my Venus flytraps catching a lot more spiders than they usually do. The spiders are probably coming in droves thanks to the increase in flies, which (I think) is due to the increase in dog crap sitting on the lawn. Thanks, new neighbors!
What’s interesting is this trap pictured below re-opened and is ready for business again after eating and digesting this spider. Usually, spider legs hanging out of a trap prevents the trap edges from sealing, meaning the leaf can’t release its digestive juices in order to consume the spider. This usually means the trap leaf will start dying soon after capturing a spider or something else with appendages sticking out.
This is why when hand-feeding your plants, use food that’s 1/3 the size of the trap or smaller. Read my feeding guide to learn more!
Hence why I’m not thrilled about so many spiders being eaten. They make my traps die! But this one looks like it was still able to seal up and do it’s thang with its victim’s final gesture of escape forever immortalized (aren’t I poetic today?).
Enough gruesome photos for ya? Here are some pretty photos to balance them out! I haven’t shown the all-red Dionaea cultivars in a little while, so check them out below!
I love the juxtaposition of long, eyelashy cilia of Pink Venus next to the short, serrated edges of Crimson Sawtooth (dang, I am on it with the big words today!).
I’m ending this post with this photo because I just find the form on this developing leaf so lovely, pure, and flawless. Kind of like a newborn baby! Over time, it’s going to grow up, get marked up and scarred, eat like a king, suffer, and slowly die. But in this moment, it’s just so pure and untouched.
I really have idea why I’m so poetic and sappy in this post today, haha. I’m rushing a bit, so maybe it just comes out of me when under pressure!
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Maybe my subconscious realized I’m getting older, and that’s why I’m acting weird. Hah!