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« on: August 16, 2007 12:20:52 PM »

So, I have some fuzzy little visitors in my 3rd floor balcony garden.  No, not mammals  Cheesy

(Do caterpillars have eyes?  I hope I didn't blind them with the flash...)

You may be able to see it, but I just found these critters a few days ago and they have already started to make short work of my plants. 
My question to garden craftsters.  Do you have any idea how I could possibly go about making a little home for these guys?  Just some little cage type thing out on my balcony.  These kids aren't going to be jumping off my balcony any time soon, so it won't be like captivity, but I would love to keep them a little contained so my garden doesn't become all holey.  And I sort of want to watch them grow Smiley  I'd given them leaves and hopefully give them a little structure to climb around on.  Maybe buy a plant just for them in their little home.

What would you use to keep them contained?  Some sort of mesh to let the "Texas breeze" in so they don't fry.  Preferably something recycled, but I don't mind spending a bit of money on my new friends.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions!

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« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2007 01:11:10 PM »

I think that they might be tent worms. They end up spinning web like tents in the y's of tree branches. We get them really bad around here every few years or so. They eat every leaf they can find! As far as keeping them in a habitat, you might be best off getting one of those little clear containers they give you when you buy a hermit crab and filling it up with greenery and sticks. But I've never kept caterpillars or tent worms as company before. : )

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« Reply #2 on: August 16, 2007 02:07:30 PM »

Ee gads, an even better reason to lock them up!!  Yea, I was thinking that one of those cases would probably be my best bet/easiest way to go.  There is probably one in my parent's garage from when I was younger.  I'll have to see.

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« Reply #3 on: February 26, 2008 09:26:54 PM »

I can't see the picture for some reason, but if they are tent cats I'd keep them in a jar with some leaves and with maybe pantyhose over the top with a rubber band to keep them from going back to the wild. They'll do some serious damage to other trees and plants if let go.

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