OK so I'm looking at my P. lusitanica today and notice that the leaf has a few chunks missing from it, so I'm thinking "hmmmmmm". I then notice that the ant head that I had put on said leaf a week ago was now missing, so I'm now thinking "hmmmmm HMMMMMMM!" Upon further I noticed a little clear tube animal poking out of the soil and take a bite of said leaf, so I'm thinking, "MUST KILL". Well now, I don't know what it is and chances are it won't live long enough if I catch it to take a picture, so I'm asking anyone out there how to kill it? Your thanks will be greatly appreciated thanks. Also, lesson learned about sterlizing your planting material first .
EDIT- fixed to read "P.lusitanica", the Lusitania was a ship that got sunk in WW2
There is good chance you have fungus gnats larvae. There never caused me much troubles others than with Sarracenia rhizome, with which i used Safer's soap insecticide, but this product can kill sundews and others faster than you can name the brand product... Which plants are affected?
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I've had those guys in some pots for a long time. I never found them harmful. Maybe some low strength Neem solution would be good if you continue to have problems. I used it once on some Mexican Pings with aphids and the plants were untouched but the aphids died and never came back.
1 litre water 2-3 cc Neem oil few drops of Eucalyptus oil (for red-spider mite) 1 tbsp light mineral oil 5-6 drops dishwater detergent
Shake vigorously to suspend oils. Keep in fridge to keep fresh. Must be room temperature to keep Neem oil liquid. For scale use double the Neem concentration.
In my experience the normal strength is fine on Mexican pings and larger Sarracenia. The higher strength is toxic to VFT's and small Sarracenia but they do bounce back. I have never tried it on utrics. Sundews do not like it and I would be careful trying it on them.
Here is a picture of the ping, you can see the damage done to it on the left leaf. Yah it's fairly young and I'm still trying to find the worm, btw thats just a peice of the original picture. I borrowed my parents camera, 8 Megapixels. Nice quality.
As far as I can tell I did, looked up a picture of fungus gnats and yep thats what it was, a big one though 1.5cm long. Also I caught one and as punishment for it taking a bite outa my ping I fed it to my D. capensis, which of course is now threating to flower as thanks. Thanks for all the tips guys.
dvg: Sarra's safe inside
Mar 31, 2019 20:40:58 GMT -5
bonfield: I've decided to finally reveal my best-kept secret for growing healthy Neps: Just spit on them every few days, the enzymes in saliva help them to better absorb the fertilizer I spray them with!
Apr 1, 2019 14:24:31 GMT -5
dvg: Salivating up your drools?
Apr 1, 2019 16:30:07 GMT -5
dvg: Duped again on April Fool's!
Apr 1, 2019 16:30:45 GMT -5