The Carnivorous Plant FAQ v. 11.5
- courtesy of -
The International Carnivorous Plant Society

Q: It is winter---where do I get bugs for my Venus flytrap?

Dionaea
Dionaea 'Sawtooth'
A: You can usually buy crickets at pet stores that cater to people who keep lizards. If you live near a fish-bait store, you may be able to get something nasty but appropriate there, too.

I always keep my refrigerator stocked with frozen crickets and caterpillars. You can buy these from Houston Herpetological Supply, a vendor of carnivorous plants and supplies.

But I must ask you, why are you feeding your Venus flytrap during the winter? Haven't you read in this FAQ that Venus flytraps need a winter dormancy, during which they are not going to be catching much food? Feeding them during the winter is not necessarily such a good thing.

Page citations: Rice, B.A. 2006a; personal observation.

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Revised: January 2007
©Barry Rice, 2005