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By evenwind
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Something is eating my ping. Since I grow indoors in a family room, I doubt that it's something large - I would have noticed. And there's no sign of anything else being eaten. What I did find are webs but no spider mites - and I've seen a lot of spider mites but not in a couple of years. (Are Mexipings even hosts to spider mites?) So maybe a vegetarian spider? I also found these small brown lumps suspended in the webs and more in the moss. I have no idea what they are. Some kind of fruiting bodies? Spider egg clusters? Bug poop? They could also be part of the medium - even if they're all of a size. Anybody have any ideas?
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By Jeeper
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Catapilliar! Poo gives it away!
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By Hungry Plants
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it looks like the web of a worm I used to see in bird seed when I worked in a pet store. they eventually would turn into that small light gay moth.
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By evenwind
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Thanks! A moth caterpillar makes sense. I'll have to keep my eyes open for flying badness.
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By jeff
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Bonjour

At home I have the same phenomenon.
in fact, it is a defoliation caterpillar, a moth, which is called in France 'noctuelle' (agrotis).
a small green caterpillar coming out at night or at dusk, confused with the leaves, often seeks them under the leaves.
it can also be detected with its excrement (small black dots on the leaves or on the substrate)
see here the child of caterpillar: http: //ephytia.inra.fr/fr/ContentDiagnostics/view/2630
The only way to get rid of it for me was to crush it with my hand.
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By evenwind
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The caterpillar was nocturnal which, I guess, is why I didn't see it before. I stalked it with a flashlight last night and found it munching away. So I thought it might be interesting to create a small terrarium, set it up with some of my more common CPs, buy a night vision app for my iPhone, watch it develop into an adult, and take it to the local university to see if an entomologist could identify the species. And then I thought of an even better Plan B - and flushed it down the toilet.

Thanks for the help, guys!
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I like plan B as well. I love bugs but not when they start munching my plants. Ugly little bugger isn't he.
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