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    Default How to save the caterpillars AND my plants?

    I found quite a few caterpillars eating leaves off the strawberry plants on my balcony. They are about half an inch, black/greyish with a fuzzy coat. I don't want to kill them but would like to get rid of them. There isn't much vegetation near our flat except for some landscaping (some green shrubs and dormant trees scattered around the the blocks where we live). Are the caterpillars likely to survive if I put them in the shrubs? Will they destroy the shrubs if I do so? This is my first year with vegetable/container gardening and being so high up I never had to worry about any pests except aphids and leaf miners (I still can't bear killing the these either). Thanks for your help!

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    If you move them they have two chances You are going to have to get tougher though, you aren't growing things to feed aphids and pests are you? I thought you were growing things for you to eat.

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    rustylady, I should have mentioned that I don't kill any living thing because I'm Buddhist and the first precept is abstaining from taking life. There hasn't been any issues over the summer because the vegetables were strong and healthy with lots of foliage so the damage was hardly noticeable. I'm just wondering if there's another way to get rid of the caterpillars for now since the plants are weaker given the weather.

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    I'm surprised that there are caterpillars around at this time of the year. If we have a spell of cold weather that may be too much for them. You may find that they feed on specific types of leaves and that moving them to another plant would not provide them with the right leaves. Difficult choice.
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    If you can identify them then you can find out their preferred food plant and then try and find something in the vicinity that they can go to - there must be something nearby as the parents must have come from somewhere. take a look at this site and see if you can identify them. > UK Butterflies - all
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    Are you able to post a piccie of the critters?
    That way we can help you ID them- then suggest an alternative food source where they may be able to survive/feed upon elsewhere
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    Ha!...similar minds eh weekendwellies???
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    Thanks for the link weekendwellies. What a great idea!

    Will take the pics later today, Nicos.
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