|Fruit flies floating in vinegar trap|
Have you ever tried to kill a fruit fly by slapping it between your hands? Rarely works. But if you wet your hands first, often the little flies will adhere to the wetness and thereby be 'captured' on your hand, waiting to be dispatched to – if not already in fruit fly heaven.
|Drosera entrapping a fruit fly. The leaf |
will soon curl up and secrete digestive
enzymes since it detects an insect.
For those of you with children or with a child-like heart, you may wish to procure a fruit fly eating plant called Drosera capensis, also known as Cape Sundew. The Venus Flytrap is too large to capture fruit flies. The Cape Sundew is just the right size, fun to watch and beautiful in the sun with its leaves which are densely covered with red-tinged plant hairs (tricomes) that secrete a sticky sap insects find irresistible. NB: Water only with distilled or rain water.