Heavy Rain?

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    Rebecca
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    I have heard that there is a heavy rain warning for the North Island – does this mean I should move chrysalises to a sheltered area? What about caterpillars?

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  • #26140

    Mike Hoeta
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    Yes I’m like Rebecca, I put my plants under the eaves by the back door and although they are still outside they are reasonably safe from the wind and rain, lucky I dont have that many.

    105 plants !!!!! goodness

    #26123

    Darren
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    Well my plants at Maleme Street got more than a good watering! The ditch flooded and judging by the tide marks on the fence there would have been a good foot of water flowing through. Luckily all the plants I had put in survived.

    I just planted another 105 swan plants this morning thanks to Jacqui.

    #25947

    Jacqui
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    Clinton – don’t forget to log any sightings into http://www.mb.org.nz, where it will go straight into the database so that we can see the pattern for future years.

    Darren – great timing! Lots of floods on my way home from Russell, I’m pleased to be home safe and sound.

    #25944

    Rebecca
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    We have had non-stop rain four about 24 hours now in Hamilton. I moved Chrysalises under the porch so that they wouldn’t be too affected by it and so they are still ourdoors. I think the caterpillars should be fine as the plants are in a sheltered area. The temparature has dropped here too and I think that they like that less than the rain.

    We do need some rain because things were getting very dry 🙂

    #25940

    Darren
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    And its good for the plants. I put in 3 buddleias, 2 lions tails, a lemon myrtle, 8 nettles and 20+ swan plants at Maleme St on Friday. They will certainly be getting a good watering now.

    #25937

    clinton9
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    Hi everyone who is fed up with the heavy rains.

    Cheers up the heavy rains will be followed by sight of Aussie butterflies.

    On 1995 on Feb, on Wednesday the weather were very heavy rains, then 3 days later on Sat I saw a Lesser Wanderer butterfly.

    Now hopefully the aussie butterflies are riding on top of big clouds on way to NZ here now.

    cheers

    Clinton.

    #25936

    Darren
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    I don’t think the rain will hurt them much, but inside they are at risk from dehydration, especially if you have aircon. If you do bring them inside its a good idea to give them a misting of water every couple of days.

    #25929

    Jacqui
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    They will cope as Nature intended, Rebecca. Saying that, though, some people are more protective and move things under shelter. (I don’t.)

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