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Zonlover

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I think they are teddy bear caterpillars or something? I can hold the,, and although they are sort of pokey, they don't have like needle sharp barbs or poison or something. Pictures! Because I didn't have a glass jar that was easy to reach into and wide enough, I used the bottom half of a limeade jug and a lid that I made out of a Cheerios cereal box. In spring, I had Eastern Tent Caterpillars. Also, notice all the leaves in there? THAT is how much 2 caterpillars eat in a day. And as I've had them, I can actually FEEL them getting heavier. PS ignore all the random stuff in the background.

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They are very cute!
Do they not walk a lot? How active are they? Would a critter carrier not be a good option for housing?
How long do you keep them for? or do you release the butterfly?
Sorry, lots of questions, I´ve never conversed with anyone in my life that had caterpillars (can you tell?! :lol: )
 

Zonlover

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Mostly they just walk to where the food is. :lol: This container is like 4"x4" and 6" tall, and it's a fine size. They couldn't escape from a critter carrier, either. That would totally work. I keep them until theybecome a butterfly(remember they can also become moths), and then release them because I have no idea how you feed moths/butterflies.I don't mind questions!
 

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Wooly Bears! :heart: I love wooly bears so much, I haven't seen any recently but I think some live in the wood pile outside my yard.
 

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They like eating weeds. But I think they may need to overwinter outside. I agree with Bee, they are wooly bears & become beautiful moths. I'd investigate whether or not they can handle indoor heating.
 

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I think they are teddy bear caterpillars or something? I can hold the,, and although they are sort of pokey, they don't have like needle sharp barbs or poison or something. Pictures! Because I didn't have a glass jar that was easy to reach into and wide enough, I used the bottom half of a limeade jug and a lid that I made out of a Cheerios cereal box. In spring, I had Eastern Tent Caterpillars. Also, notice all the leaves in there? THAT is how much 2 caterpillars eat in a day. And as I've had them, I can actually FEEL them getting heavier. PS ignore all the random stuff in the background.

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WOOLEY BEARS!!! Love those guys... I carry a special holder while driving in my car so can collect and bring home as many as possible... There are several different varieties... enjoy... Pat.
 

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Wooly bears are neat. My gram always said there was some way to tell if we were going to have a short or long winter based on how much brown they have. The shocker is we always have a long winter no matter what the woolybears look like;)
 

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They are very cute!
Do they not walk a lot? How active are they? Would a critter carrier not be a good option for housing?
How long do you keep them for? or do you release the butterfly?
Sorry, lots of questions, I´ve never conversed with anyone in my life that had caterpillars (can you tell?! :lol: )
Uh oh. Now this idea is stuck in my head. At some point I may have to upgrade them to a critter carrier, because you gave my that idea.
 

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Uh oh. Now this idea is stuck in my head. At some point I may have to upgrade them to a critter carrier, because you gave my that idea.
GOOD... I love the Wooly Bears... So much train of thought as to amount of brown vs light color... depends on the variety tho... have fun.... I brought home a couple of the XLGE variety, but they never propagated in my yard! ... Pat. Late night... back in the morning... Pat.
 

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Wooly Bears! :loveshower: I don't actually know what those are, but I was feeling left out. :o: They're very cute though.

At first I was worried Wooly Bears might be another name for what I knew as "Wooly Worms" or "asps" down here. It's what we called the flannel moth caterpillar & but can they sting! Glad these are not the same!! :whw:
 
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