Sunday, November 9, 2014

Revenge of the bugs

I was looking over my plants yesterday and noticed that my prize-winning pot of Drosera burmannii was looking terrible.

Drosera burmannii with pest damage.
What a bummer. My prize-winning plants!
I couldn't figure out what was going wrong...until I looked closer.

Caterpillar on Drosera burmannii.
This little guy sure just set up shop like it was nothing.
It's a caterpillar! Probably the same species as the one that was inhabiting one of my Drosera binata back in August. I watched it chewing away on my prized plants for a second before extracting it. It did not want to be extracted, but it is a caterpillar and I am a dextrous ape, so it wasn't much of a contest.

It was pretty small, a bit more than a quarter inch (.5 cm) long.
It was able to move very quickly within the little tent it had made among the leaves of my D. burmannii, but once out in the open it was fairly sluggish.

I looked around for signs of any more, but I think this was the only one. Of course, I was left with the problem of what to do with it. Luckily, being a carnivorous plant hobbyist gives you all sorts of ghoulish solutions to bug problems.

Caterpillar being eating by Dionaea muscipula (Venus fly trap).
I checked back today and yes it did successfully begin digesting.
I hope my D. burmannii are able to bounce back.

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P.S. Check out how big my Drosera natalensis seedlings have gotten.

Drosera natalensis seedlings.
Feeding just makes such a difference.


  1. How did the caterpillar even got there in the first place? Feeding makes a huge difference. I continuously get ants in my sarracenia pitchers. I will sprinkle the ants that had struggled for a few days onto my Droseras. Literally, the Hamiltoni doubled in size. It's cray cray!

    Also thanks for the lighting guide, I decided to copy your metal rack. I haven't put up reflective material because I"m cornered about air flow. Do you use a fan?

    1. I really don't know. I assume a moth laid an egg? I hope more don't pop up.

      With respect to airflow I don't currently use a fan but it's something I've thought about a lot. I think just a little bit of circulation would make a big difference in heat buildup.