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|Comment||Thank you for your answer. I believe I will remove it and keep in in a container until I determine the type of caterpillar that emerges. I live in northwest MO and gypsy moths are considered an invasive species here. I would hate to think I did not take steps to stop one egg case worth of caterpillars from doing their damage if I could. I also believe in not interfering when possible, but these moths can really damage trees, which as you know are precious resources that host many other insects, birds, etc. Man has done a lot of damage on this planet. I go to Lake Michigan every summer. Many of the pests we have here have come in on ships or shipping containers through the St. Lawrence seaway. Zebra mussels, sea lamprey; it's a long list, including insects. Some welcome, like the praying mantis. We had one in our library this past fall. She laid 8 egg cases which we gave to area gardeners. The kids loved watching her for the months she was with us. We are now on watch for the egg case that we kept to hatch. This will be my last year in the library and I will certainly miss 'creepy crawly' month, October of course, in among the books. It is a great learning tool for kids that are fascinated and ones that find the 'bugs' and other creatures unappealing. I will miss that greatly. Thanks again for your help.|
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