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10 Jun, 2015

Carnivores in the house

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Oh! Things!

I want to take a moment to introduce you to some carnivores now living in our home. Meet Jaws:

Spent $20 on four of these this week because carnivorous plants are cool.

It’s a Venus Fly Trap! We bought four of them at Farm Boy (the Britannia location) last night.

Not only is this a pretty darn cool window decoration but it’s a biology lesson to boot. Because I have a notorious black thumb as it comes to green things, I have been reading up on how to take care of venus fly traps. One resource I’ve found so far: How to care for Venus Flytraps (It’s Wikihow. Perfect.). I had no idea they had a dormant period and loved crappy soil! (In other words, I can probably do this.)

Suffice it to say we’ve been shooing tiny flying things into their maws already. Maybe they’ll reduce the number of fruit flies we get during the summer??

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4 Responses to "Carnivores in the house"

1 | Sara Langler McConnell

June 11th, 2015 at 7:50 am


We had one last summer next to the compost bin on our counter and for the first year we didn’t have a fruit fly problem

2 | Claudette

June 11th, 2015 at 7:52 pm



I need to get me one of those….

Remember that show, WKRP in Cincinnati? Guy’s name was Venus Flytrap… :)

3 | andrea tomkins

June 13th, 2015 at 6:32 pm


Hah! I loved that show! Do you remember Venus explaining the atom? (YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhbqIJZ8wCM)

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July 22nd, 2015 at 6:30 am


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