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Started by Stellata on Jul 11, 2018 6:03:09 PM
What do I do with this caterpillar?

I’ve found a caterpillar on a globe artichoke I’ve just prepared. It feels like a moral dilemma. I don’t want to kill it but if I put it outside it will probably die of starvation.

I just touched it with a piece of kitchen paper and it didn’t like that at all. What do I do with it?

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FleurDuMal - 11 Jul 2018 18:40:49 (#1 of 78)

Don’t you have any plants outside?

rgtstoppedcounting - 11 Jul 2018 18:47:08 (#2 of 78)

Slice it finely, flash fry.

TommyDGNR8 - 11 Jul 2018 18:47:29 (#3 of 78)

It's a source of protein. If you're pissing about with artichokes, you could probably do with some.

thismorning - 11 Jul 2018 18:52:54 (#4 of 78)

It is probably wondering the same thing.

tasselhoff - 11 Jul 2018 18:53:03 (#5 of 78)

Artichokes are yum

KizzyK - 11 Jul 2018 18:54:15 (#6 of 78)

Well you have to take off some of the outer leaves anyway don't you so just stick it on them outdoors, at the very least it will provide a nice snack for a hungry bird.

tasselhoff - 11 Jul 2018 18:55:25 (#7 of 78)

Everyone has some slightly off lettuce in the fridge that they're going to bin at some point. Use that.

Gotout - 11 Jul 2018 18:58:35 (#8 of 78)

Throw it into next door's garden.

thismorning - 11 Jul 2018 19:02:47 (#9 of 78)

Place it on the keyboard of a piano. It might be Mozart.

BadgerDancing - 11 Jul 2018 19:05:35 (#10 of 78)

Was the artichoke imported? If so you could probably report the caterpillar to the HO and they'd take it off your hands.

Dubris - 11 Jul 2018 19:28:10 (#11 of 78)

Ask yourself: if the caterpillar had the means to stop you from competing with it for food, would it spare you for even an instant?

FleurDuMal - 11 Jul 2018 19:29:48 (#12 of 78)

Poor little thing. Show it some compassion.

tasselhoff - 11 Jul 2018 19:31:00 (#13 of 78)

I suppose you could keep it, but it'll eventually grow into a 9 foot python

kvelertak - 11 Jul 2018 19:33:57 (#14 of 78)

Keep it in a jam jar, feed it lettuce, let it grow a chrysalis and set it free once the moth or butterfly emerges.

FleurDuMal - 11 Jul 2018 19:34:17 (#15 of 78)

That’s a nice idea

Tenesmus - 11 Jul 2018 19:52:03 (#16 of 78)

Not if it doesn't like lettuce.

wickeltisch - 11 Jul 2018 19:57:11 (#17 of 78)

It will surely turn into a moth. And then it will eat your cashmere sweaters.

JohnIlly - 11 Jul 2018 20:00:31 (#18 of 78)

Throw it on a path. A bird will probably eat it and you will have helped nature do its thing.

browserbutton - 11 Jul 2018 20:02:13 (#19 of 78)

If it's a maggot, it will turn into a beautiful iridescent blowfly.

wickeltisch - 11 Jul 2018 20:04:24 (#20 of 78)

#18 Unless it's a box tree moth. Then KILL it!

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/1
4/Raupe_des_Buchsbaumzünsler%2C_Cydalima_persp
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