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Hey, I was wondering if any bugs can be harmful to your VFT. I fed it a lovebug earlier and it ate it right up. Can any bugs actually hurt the plant? Stink Bug, etc.
 
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Hello,
Yes, some bugs can destroy a trap, like some ants, or bees, ect. can chew their way through the trap. Small flies are usually the best to feed your plant, but remember, don't overfeed the plant.
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I also heard that Ants Bees & Wasps should be avoided because of the Formic Acid they carry. I found this info out and hope someone finds it interesting.

Ants belong to an order of insects called Hymenoptera, a group that also includes bees, wasps, and sawflies.Formic acid occurs in the bodies of ants and in the stingers of bees

In all ants, the altrunk contains a special structure called metapleural gland which secretes an antiseptic chemical that destroys bacteria, such as streptococci, staphylococci and also pathogenic fungi.Some species have a powerful sting at the tip of the abdomen. In addition to the poisonous fluid that ants are able to spray at a distance of up to 10 cm (containing formic acid, alkaloids etc.). Ants use their mandible for biting. Some species possess a very strong mandible – a deadly weapon against many enemies.


Nasty beasts. I also read that maggots should be avoided unless lanced first, as they can wriggle out (Disgusting I know, but one day after fishing, it seemed like a good idea. I checked the web, and found that lovely fact)

My traps also catch quite a few spiders, midges, mosquito's and flies without indigestion.

Oh yeah, feeding them slugs is a bad idea too
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Jacko

Also, what is a love bug and stink bug ? I'm in the UK and haven't heard those names before. Could a love bug be what I know as a lady bird ? A small, round, red beetle, with black spots (or sometimes yellow with black spots) ? It can fly . . .
 
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Eh...Stink Bug...is bad..It's hard shelled. plantakiss was real kind and told me lovebugs were good for it. They are this nasty experiment in Florida that went wrong..or that's what I heard...They were supposed to eat mosquitoes..but all they do is make.. "love" and are food for my plant..There are thousans of them here...during August.
 
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Uhh...lovebugs are not worms. They look like a fly and misquito put together and painted black. I pick up a few and yank there wings off and let them crawl around on the plant. No mess at all
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Well..I got some information about these annoying critters...my plants love them..the inside of my Green Dragon's traps are the prettiest I've seen in a while. Go here if you wanna learn about the "love bug" Go here!
 
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