My one son has a huge soft spot for animals....of all types...including bugs!
I am the "squisher" and he is the "rescuer".....even of stink bugs and spiders...gross!
This winter he found a brown woolly caterpillar on the underside of our grill cover. He worried about that little guy. We had been having a relatively mild
winter, but a cold snap was coming.....so he twisted my arm and
convinced me to allow him to "save" it!
He emptied out his precious bin of air-soft pellets and made the caterpillar a
plush condo of dirt and grass. The challenge was finding anything green to feed him in the middle of winter!
One night he came in excited.....it had made a cocoon. I honestly thought that
the thing was dead...traumatized by the environment change!
But a few weeks later.....we had a moth!
It took some convincing, but I finally persuaded my boy to release him.
I do have to put my foot down about having a moth flying around as a pet!