What has 8 legs and is totally delicious? These flytraps will tell you!

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!

Venus flytrap devouring spiders!

Venus flytrap devouring spiders!

 

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?).

Venus flytrap devouring spiders!

Venus flytrap devouring spiders!

 

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!

Red Venus flytrap cultivar Red Piranha
Dionaea Muscipula “Red Piranha”

 

Red Venus flytrap cultivars Crimson Sawtooth and Pink Venus

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!).

Red Venus flytrap cultivars Red Piranha and Pink Venus

 

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.

The simple beauty of a Venus flytrap leaf forming

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!

Can you believe we’re almost in June already? What’s even better is June is my birthday month! What better time for an amazing new GIVEAWAY? I’m planning it out right now, so enter your email below to get all the details first when it’s live!

Maybe my subconscious realized I’m getting older, and that’s why I’m acting weird. Hah!

5 comments

  1. Paige says:

    Goodness, Venus Flytraps are so interesting and beautiful! I hope to own some of my own very soon, I already have a spot and planter picked and everything haha! 🙂

  2. Megan says:

    Your flytraps are looking beautiful! Oh and those pesky spiders 🙁 I’ve been warring them all season to leave my plants alone haha

  3. Tyson says:

    Love the spider pictures! My traps always catch a lot of craneflies and daddy long-legs! It’s so gruesome because the legs twitch for a good 2-3 days after being caught haha! Also, we share the same birth month! Mine is on the 16th 😀

    • Maria says:

      Wow! I don’t think I’ve ever seen the legs twitch for days afterward! Maybe your traps are more into torture and mine are more into swift killing. 😉

      Sweet, we’re less than a week apart! Mine is the 21st. 🙂

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