What should I feed my venus flytrap?

Firstly, Venus flytraps are carnivorous. However, this does not mean that they can eat any old thing you decide to stick in it. You can not feed it any of the following:

  • McDonalds
  • Chocolate
  • Human flesh – gross!
  • Steak
  • Bread
  • Fish
  • Chicken
  • Chips/fries
  • Vegetables
  • plus most other things

Venus flytraps have evolved to consume only bugs. They’re very picky and if you feed them anything else they won’t like it. The best bugs to use are soft squishy bugs without super strong exoskeletons (too hard to digest). Ants and slaters are bad due to their hard exoskeletons and moths are too fuzzy to digest. Some of the best bugs to use are:ant and a caterpillar

  • flies
  • crickets
  • cicadas
  • caterpillars (be careful they don’t eat their way out though!)
  • spiders

It is crucial that you don’t feed your plant anything bigger than about 1/4 the size of the leaf, any bigger and you risk damaging the plant or the plant rejecting the bug. If you’re careful you can go up to about 1/2 the size of the leaf but be careful.

Maggots are good food too, but that’s a topic for another post.


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