egg laying, August 14

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    YvonneAndrew
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    I saw my first egg-laying monarch on Sunday (August 14), that’s one month earlier than last year and 6 months earlier than the year before when I first started encouraging them! It’s been warm a warm winter here in Thames. Here’s hoping yesterday’s cold snap won’t affect them being able to develop.

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    Charlotte
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    Wow Norm she has been busy at your place;-)

    We had another female laying on Saturday and Sunday at our place.

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    NormTwigge
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    Here in Whakatane I observed my first monarch laying on all the potted milkweeds in my back yard. A total of over 50 eggs after 2 hours, on some 14 plants ,with the air temperature at 16 degrees. So I placed the plants under cover as it looks it could be a frost tonight.

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    zoe9
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    I’m in Auckland too and this is the first year where there hasn’t been a break at all. I’ve had caterpillars on my plants the entire winter, along with butterflies emerging.

    Very different from 20 years ago when I was a kid. I remember there was a distinct season then – we’d have the last caterpillars in March, and wouldn’t see them again till around September. Times have certainly changed.

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    Charlotte
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    Hi Yvonne,

    In Waitakere City Auckland we have them laying very late and with around a 4 – 6 weeks break in between.
    We had 2 Monarchs laying on our swan plants last weekend and I have since collected these eggs and brought them inside and placed in a container.
    The other eggs we collected around 3 weeks ago have finally hatched and we now have 2 small caterpillars and one caterpillar in its 2nd instar now.
    Certainly an odd season this time.

    Cheers
    Charlotte

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