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My house is full of weird little cocoons - like invasion of the body snatchers but much smaller.

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Boco Wed 17-Sep-08 13:20:16

I've not seen them before - they're on door frames and in corners - they were little green catterpillars and they've stuck themselves in awkward places and turned into spiky little grey things.

My question is - are they going to hatch soon into moths or something, or are they butterflies waiting until next year?

I don't want to pick them off if they're going to be something nice, but they won't be hanging around for a whole year will they? How long before the very hungry catterpillar hatched? Why are they all in my house?

That's all, thank you.

ParCark Wed 17-Sep-08 13:23:20

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thesockmonsterofdoom Wed 17-Sep-08 13:24:46

ergh hoover them up now.

nervousal Wed 17-Sep-08 13:24:55

eww eww eww

Uriel Wed 17-Sep-08 13:25:39

Be afraid, be very very afraid...

fedupandisolated Wed 17-Sep-08 13:25:41

grin and rofl at ParCark

Boco Wed 17-Sep-08 13:27:03


But it was a catterpillar - we watched a couple of them in the garden glue themselves down - they were green catterpillars so it can't turn into spiders - spiders don't come from catterpillars!

Cant hoover them, they're stuck down really really hard.

ParCark Wed 17-Sep-08 13:29:57

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psychomum5 Wed 17-Sep-08 13:33:53

they will be moths......and they will eat your clothes and carpets and flitter flutter around your lights and at you and then scare you with the flittering in the night.

I know....

Cos I had them!!!

hoover them, or squish them and hoover them.

Boco Wed 17-Sep-08 13:34:34

Eww that's horrible. So they're all going to get eaten and used as a spider vessel?? God.

Oh I don't want to pick them off, they might break up and things come out! Poor butterfly / moths.

ParCark Wed 17-Sep-08 13:34:41

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Boco Wed 17-Sep-08 13:36:44

I know you're right psycho, but I caaaan't. I can't kill anything, even a fly. Actually nits are the only thing I can kill. I have to hoover around spiders, I even leave them a bit of web because I feel bad after they've made so much effort.

psychomum5 Wed 17-Sep-08 13:36:55

what is ridiculous??? that they flitter??? they do, I have seen them/heard them.

and please, is that true about the spiders??? cos I hate them worse....<<<shudder>>>

psychomum5 Wed 17-Sep-08 13:37:54

lol @ leaving them in their webs because they have worked hard on it.

nah, they like redoing webs

Boco Wed 17-Sep-08 13:38:44

I think that was sarcasm psycho. Because the normal reaction would be to hoover them up, you're quite right.

<fires up the hoover>
<switches it off again>

snorris Wed 17-Sep-08 13:38:45

Are they very tiny? I think they will probably turn into moths. Our previous house had them and it drove me nuts trying to get rid of them all (adults & larvae). They attached themselves to the coving all round the kitchen and we found them in packets of cereal too. They may be grain moths.

Boco Wed 17-Sep-08 13:39:51

I meant parcarks bit about it being a ridiculous suggestion was sarcasm. My hoovering disability very real.

I hope they really do like redoing webs, that'd be good.

psychomum5 Wed 17-Sep-08 13:40:45

go on, you know you want to......

psychomum5 Wed 17-Sep-08 13:41:49

ah, sarcasm......tis hard to get onlineblush...

silly psychomum is probably right tho, flamae would agreewink!

Boco Wed 17-Sep-08 13:41:53

No they were bigger than that - the catterpillars were everywhere in the garden, hundreds of them - wonder why they came inside this year. About a cm or two long and spiky and pale greeny grey.

snorris Wed 17-Sep-08 13:42:20

I don't hoover spiders webs either blush. Well not unless they're old and dusty blushblush.

Boco Wed 17-Sep-08 13:43:50

Old dusty ones fine, it's the complicated and new ones that seems so rude to trash. And I hate spiders.

odearyme Wed 17-Sep-08 13:47:56

They sound like cabbage white caterpillars. Try touching them , they still squirm. My kitchen ceiling is covered!!

Boco Wed 17-Sep-08 13:56:25

REally? Cabbage whites - well it wouldn't be nice to hoover them up - but when will they hatch? They're not going to squirm until next summer are they?

marina46 Thu 18-Sep-08 10:00:11

can i join?

They sound like cabbage caterpillars, they originate from the white moths in the garden. The little buggers ate my whole brocoli and swede crop and now their trying to take over my house the same as boco described. Usually i wouldn't hoover up spiders because they eat flies and i hate flies more, but on this occasion i hoovered/scraped them all off because my gardener freind thought i helps to stop them coming back next year.

My advice is get rid!!

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