Does A Venus Flytrap Need Flies To Survive? (RESOLVED!)

It’s worth mentioning that reptile and amphibian specialists (such as Swell Reptiles in the UK) sell mealworms and crickets as live food, as well as freeze-dried. While Venus flytraps and other carnivorous plants will gratefully accept live insects, I’ve found it’s rarely worth the hassle. It has been reported that mealworms can burrow through traps and that crickets are quick enough to escape. Some growers place their container of insects in the freezer for several minutes to ‘stun’ the bugs, making them easier to feed to their plants, but unless you’re insistent on a diet of live food, dried mealworms are often the best option (link) 🙈 [1]
Thank you so much! You are a true plant lady. I have over 50 succulents, and 30 houseplants. This is also my first venus fly trap, and I’m a carnivore so I had had to search for a resource article to add to my Pinterest plant board. This is the article. There is so much information about basics and how to care for your skin. The little things that I look out for every day are also covered. Fluoride-sensitive plants are my concern. I foundad found that 1/10 articles mention tap water, but most don’t. (last revision 50 days ago by Jillien Nguyen of London Ca Canada). [2]
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One of the most famous insectivorous (insect eating) plants is the Venus flytrap (Dionaea mucipula). It exhibits an unusual system that attracts, kills/digests, and then absorbs the prey. Although it can photosynthesise its food, the Venus flytrap doesn’t eat or digest prey in order to achieve non-plant goals like harvesting carbon and energy. It instead mines prey for vital nutrients, such as nitrogen and phosphorous, which are scarce in the acidic environment. Yes, Venus flytrap has a mate. Digestive system It serves an entirely different purpose from animals, however. Chaney Toledo, June 25, 2021. [3]
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The Carolina coast plain is home to the Venus flytrap, which has been endangered. Our plants are not harmful to the native population and they can be purchased commercially. The plants are most successful as houseplants in our region (USDA zone 7 or lower). They can require a lot of care and are not easy to maintain. Strong light, clean water and lots of food are the keys to keeping your Venus flytrap healthy. The plant doesn’t need to go into dormancy if it is grown indoors. However, it may be able to survive a winter dormancy. You may also experience unusual conditions such as a sensitive to the growth medium or need for live foods (or simulations of live foods) and intolerance to tap water. We are grateful to Calie Price and her revisions. [4]
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Refer to the Article

  1. https://www.carnivorousplants.co.uk/blog/what-should-i-feed-my-venus-flytrap/
  2. https://dengarden.com/gardening/Venus-Fly-Traps
  3. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-does-the-venus-flytra/
  4. https://libguides.nybg.org/c.php?g=654975&p=4597429
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