Survey – just the basics please!

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    Jacqui
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    Hi all – would be grateful if you could participate in this survey. Would also appreciate it if you could keep it brief, i.e. don’t add any more information than the essentials. If you’re not sure, best guess is fine – it’s just to get a guideline about what is happening out there.

    In most parts of NZ there doesn’t seem to be many Monarchs about – but this is what Margaret and I observed today,

    Number/species of milkweed plants: 40-50 swan plants, 2 tropical milkweed

    Community/suburb: Russell and Tapeka

    Weather: October was cold/wet, no spring, long hot dry summer so far.

    Adult Monarchs (e.g. butterflies) seen around milkweed: one female egg-laying

    Larvae/pupae observed: none

    Eggs observed: 20-25

    Praying mantises: none

    Aphids: 1 colony (that’s on one branch of one plant)

    Ladybirds: 1

    Bees: a few on most plants

    Wasps: 1 observed

    Ants: a few

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  • #22678

    Jacqui
    Moderator

    Posted by Jacque Campbell 19/01/10

    Number/species of milkweed plants: 5 small to medium, 5 seedlings coverd
    Community/suburb: Waterview Auckland
    Weather: January hot
    Adult Monarchs (e.g. butterflies) Havent spotted any near plants in back yard, did spot one fluttering in front yard today
    Larvae/pupae observed: six
    Eggs observed: nil
    Praying mantises: nil
    Aphids: nil
    Ladybirds: nil
    Bees: not observed
    Wasps: nil
    Ants: nil

    #22611

    Anonymous
    Inactive

    Number/species of milkweed plants: about 30 swan plants
    Community/suburb: Weymouth, Manukau City
    Have you had typical summer weather or describe: seems hotter & drier this year
    Adult Monarchs (e.g. butterflies) seen around milkweed: up to 5 most days
    Larvae/pupae observed: I have been bringing c'pillars & eggs inside for the last month or so and have released about 20 butterflies so far and have another 20 in pupa stage. And some had survived outside on the plants.
    Eggs observed: many
    Praying mantises: a few young ones
    Aphids: heaps and heaps (and heaps!!)
    Ladybirds: some dark blue ones
    Bees: a few
    Wasps: quite a few
    Ants: plenty
    Other pests seen affecting Monarchs/milkweed:
    Any other comments: the paper wasps seemed to be going for the nectar earlier in the season, but now seem to be going for any eggs & small c'pillars that i've left on the plants.

    #22595

    Anonymous
    Inactive

    Number/species of milkweed plants:20 medium size but growing
    Community/suburb:Marton, Rangitikei
    Have you had typical summer weather or describe: No, very windy and changeable. 1 Very Hot day per week and cool nights.
    Adult Monarchs (e.g. butterflies) seen around milkweed: 1 on Monday of Labour weekend layed 20 – 25 eggs.
    Larvae/pupae observed: Catterpillars hatched from above eggs but all died.
    Eggs observed: None at present.
    Praying mantises: None
    Aphids: on one swan plant, yellow/orange type.
    Ladybirds: none
    Bees: yes, honey and a few native bees also.
    Wasps: none
    Ants: constantly

    #22586

    ReneeFraser
    Participant

    Hi I'm new to this forum.

    Number/species of milkweed plants: 1 (but hoping to get more). I'm not sure of the name of the species… just the normal size swan plant with white flowers. I'd like to get some giant ones.

    Community/suburb: Papakura, South Auckland.

    Have you had typical summer weather or describe: Yes… very humid – great weather for butterflies!

    Adult Monarchs (e.g. butterflies) seen around milkweed: Yes I keep seeing 1-2 flying around and 1 on the milkweed. There are a couple that seem to be around every day at the moment. I think 1 male and 1 female because they fly together?

    I've had about 4 lots of eggs laid on my swan plant and only 2x have any caterpillars hatched because it was raining alot so I guessed they got washed away… and I think birds got to some. I found half a caterpillar on clothing on the washing line 🙁 Now I finally have 5 large caterpillars that look almost ready to go into crysalis' 😀

    Larvae/pupae observed: At the moment none.

    Eggs observed: I haven't counted but I have noticed a few new ones. I saw a Monarch lay a few the other day.

    Praying mantises: At the moment none.

    Aphids: At the moment none.

    Ladybirds: None.

    Bees: Haven't noticed any on the plant lately.

    Wasps: GRRR There is usually at least one each day… just there to feed on the nectar from the flowers I think… I observe it and haven't seen it go near the caterpillars thankfully. And I haven't seen any parasitic wasps. We have a lot of wasps and bees in our garden.. .and a lot of nests/homes in the wood of our garage, outside walls of the house, fencing, tree at back of house, and so on… so yes, a lot…

    Ants: A LOT of those. They LOVE the nectar from the flowers and there are A LOT of flowers on my plant. They are never gone… they practically live on it. I guess they go home to their nest when it gets dark… I haven't tried any insecticides… though I have read you can use some. I'm too nervous.

    Other pests seen affecting Monarchs/milkweed: Nothing that I have seen affect the plant – Some small flying bug … not sure what it does/wants. It just seems to sit on the leaves and do nothing LOL It's possible it eats tiny caterpillars but there are no small caterpillars on the plant now.
    And flies… but I don't think they do anything…
    Oh and the occasional small spider.

    Any other comments: Can't wait for my caterpillars to go into Crysalis' and then hatch out into butterflies. I have two girls ages 3 and 5 and they will be so excited. I haven't had any big caterpillars before and no Crysalis'. I got the swan plant in Spring/Summer 08 and it's taken this long! Though I did keep it in the pot on our deck until it got bigger because I knew if I planted it and butterflies laid eggs on it they would eat the whole plant and run out of food. So it was about 4x the size it was when I got it before I planted it. Now it's about 2x that size. I can't believe how fast it has grown.
    From memory, butterfly season was over when I planted it.

    #22538

    Anonymous
    Inactive

    Number/species of milkweed plants: Recently purchased 5 swan plants (good order) and 12 poisoned ones from a garden department today. (not happy)
    Community/suburb: Lower Hutt
    Have you had typical summer weather or describe: Very late summer weather and a bit wetter than normal. Feels more like winter some days
    Adult Monarchs (e.g. butterflies) seen around milkweed: None
    Larvae/pupae observed: None
    Eggs observed: None
    Praying mantises: only in my backyard away from the swan plants and are somewhat albino as they have been hiding undergrowth from the birds
    Aphids: Lots on next doors roses, but none on my property
    Ladybirds: one or two
    Bees: Loads of bees
    Wasps: Not that ive noticed
    Ants: None
    Other pests seen affecting Monarchs/milkweed: Pass
    Any other comments: Ive basically seen none in the area. Not many people seem to have swan plants either so that could be part of the issue but my aim is to grow a large patch for them to return to in future. Will be covered and protected in the coming months.

    #22488

    bcjenk
    Participant

    Number/species of milkweed plants:30-40 of 4 main varieties
    Community/suburb:Cambridge
    Have you had typical summer weather or describe:yes
    Adult Monarchs (e.g. butterflies) seen around milkweed:1 or 2 seen often around section.
    Larvae/pupae observed:20 or so 'fat boys' + a few smaller
    Eggs observed:must be there but haven't looked hard
    Praying mantises:a few small ones
    Aphids:lots under digital control
    Ladybirds:a few blue ones
    Bees:lots of honey + 2 bumble nests
    Wasps:less than this time last year because there are more pillars
    Ants:oodles. New product in S/market 'Exterm-n-ant'. Blue liquid in small plastic bottle. Seems to work good. (+ made in Cambridge!)
    Other pests seen affecting Monarchs/milkweed:
    Any other comments: The wasps are taking large no's of admirals, but there are still dozens. 1st batch I released 40. Now have at least 60 inside and nettles are still covered in eggs.

    #22479

    zoe9
    Participant

    Number/species of milkweed plants: mixed (white and red flowers, thin and wide leaves), approx 30
    Community/suburb: Devonport, North Shore, Auckland
    Have you had typical summer weather or describe: Very rainy Oct/Nov, summer typical.
    Adult Monarchs (e.g. butterflies) seen around milkweed: up to 5 or 6 at a time, several resident
    Larvae/pupae observed: many
    Eggs observed: many
    Praying mantises: lots of baby green ones, few brown
    Aphids: earlier in the season only
    Ladybirds: many of different varieties
    Bees: many
    Wasps: not many at all (unusual)
    Ants: many
    Other pests seen affecting Monarchs/milkweed: no
    Any other comments: Unusual season. Started very early (eggs in September) with the wasps keeping a very low profile. Wasp casualties at an all time low.

    #22438

    Mad Midwife
    Participant

    Number/species of milkweed plants:about 35 (seeds from trust)
    Community/suburb:Masterton, Wairarapa
    Have you had typical summer weather or describe:Long cold winter, no spring, now like summer
    Adult Monarchs (e.g. butterflies) seen around milkweed:none
    Larvae/pupae observed: none
    Eggs observed: none
    Praying mantises: none
    Aphids: a few
    Ladybirds: loads!
    Bees: average or slightly less
    Wasps:none
    Ants: not many at all
    Other pests seen affecting Monarchs/milkweed: none
    Any other comments. odd white butterfly only. Garden centre has no eggs either on their plants.

    #22420

    Anonymous
    Inactive

    Number/species of milkweed plants: 20 mixed varieties
    Community/suburb: Timaru
    Have you had typical summer weather or describe:yes
    Adult Monarchs (e.g. butterflies) seen around milkweed:odd one, nothing like past years
    Larvae/pupae observed:5
    Eggs observed:0 (plants are netted to allow for maximum growth when hopefully the monarchs arrive)
    Praying mantises:0
    Aphids:heaps
    Ladybirds:have seen 2
    Bees:yes
    Wasps:no
    Ants:no
    Other pests seen affecting Monarchs/milkweed:no
    Any other comments:

    #22409

    Jean
    Participant

    Number/species of milkweed: In shadehouse 8 buckets of 10-15 plants, 20 in ground. 12+ in flower garden. Seeds from Trust + giant from Te Atatu.
    Community/suburb: Brightwater, Tasman District
    Typical Summer weather?: Changeable – cool, windy, some sun
    Adult Monarchs: odd one now and then
    Larva/pupa: 0
    Eggs observed: 15
    Praying mantis: 0
    Aphids: only outside shadehouse
    Bees: Honey, native and bumble – reasonable numbers
    Wasps: 0
    Ants: some in gardens
    Other pests: white fly – digital control
    Any other comments: more whites around, also magpie moth

    #22407

    Jacqui
    Moderator

    Number/species of milkweed plants: 40-50 G. physocarpus and G. fruticosus (Giant and ordinary swan plants)
    Community/suburb: Russell township – Russell School, Masonic Lodge, Play centre, behind Traders Mall etc
    Have you had typical summer weather or describe: hot and dry for 2? months
    Adult Monarchs (e.g. butterflies) seen around milkweed: one female nectaring, one female egglaying
    Larvae/pupae observed: 3-4 small ones
    Eggs observed: 3-4
    Praying mantises: none
    Aphids: a few on some plants
    Ladybirds: none
    Bees: probably 1 or 2 per plant on average, mostly honey bees
    Wasps: none
    Ants: a few
    Other pests seen affecting Monarchs/milkweed: none – although I found a group of orange coloured eggs in a cluster underneath one milkweed leaf, will take photo and post on site.
    Any other comments: At least there are MORE Monarchs than there were last week! Hopefully the numbers will now build up.

    #22406

    Jacqui
    Moderator

    Number/species of milkweed plants: 40-50 G. physocarpus and G. fruticosus (Giant and ordinary swan plants)
    Community/suburb: Russell township – Russell School, Masonic Lodge, Play centre, behind Traders Mall etc
    Have you had typical summer weather or describe: hot and dry for 2? months
    Adult Monarchs (e.g. butterflies) seen around milkweed: one female nectaring, one female egglaying
    Larvae/pupae observed: 3-4 small ones
    Eggs observed: 3-4
    Praying mantises: none
    Aphids: a few on some plants
    Ladybirds: none
    Bees: probably 1 or 2 per plant on average, mostly honey bees
    Wasps: none
    Ants: a few
    Other pests seen affecting Monarchs/milkweed: none – although I found a group of orange coloured eggs in a cluster underneath one milkweed leaf, will take photo and post on site.
    Any other comments: At least there are MORE Monarchs than there were last week! Hopefully the numbers will now build up.

    #22401

    milkweed
    Participant

    Number/species of milkweed plants: Asclepias Physocarpa, Incarnata (pink and white), Syriaca, Sullivantii, Purpurascens, Cordifolia, Pulchra, Speciosa, Erosa, Curassavica, Honeyvine milkweed.
    Community/suburb: Marton
    Have you had typical summer weather or describe: windy as hell.
    Adult Monarchs (e.g. butterflies) seen around milkweed: 1.
    Larvae/pupae observed:20+
    Eggs observed:50+
    Praying mantises:0
    Aphids: many
    Ladybirds: 1 or 2
    Bees: many bumble bees, honey bees.
    Wasps: occasionally
    Ants: occasionally
    Other pests seen affecting Monarchs/milkweed: none
    Any other comments: hope the wind stops.

    #22395

    Charlotte
    Participant

    Number/species of milkweed plants:4 medium sized swan plants
    Community/suburb:Waitakururu School, Thames
    Adult Monarchs (e.g. butterflies) seen around milkweed: none
    Larvae/pupae observed: none
    Eggs observed: none
    Praying mantises: none
    Aphids: 2 plants absolutely smothered in aphids.
    Ladybirds: none
    Bees: none
    Wasps: none
    Ants: none

    #22394

    Charlotte
    Participant

    Number/species of milkweed plants:2 medium sized plants
    Community/suburb:Miranda Holiday Park, Miranda. Thames
    Adult Monarchs (e.g. butterflies) seen around milkweed: 1 every day for the past 5 days
    Larvae/pupae observed: none
    Eggs observed: around 15 – 20
    Praying mantises: none
    Aphids: a few on bigger plant, but squished now
    Ladybirds: none
    Bees: none
    Wasps: none
    Ants: none

    #22390

    Matt
    Participant

    Number/species of milkweed plants:6 giant
    Community/suburb:Birkdale, Auckland
    Have you had typical summer weather or describe: No, very windy and changeable. Very wet October/Nov but not much rain since.
    Adult Monarchs (e.g. butterflies) seen around milkweed: 1 every day for the past 10 days
    Larvae/pupae observed: 4 monarchs hatched early October. Currently approx 20 caterpillars in various stages on 5 covered plants.
    Eggs observed: At present approx 15 on one exposed plant.
    Praying mantises: 3 killed today!
    Aphids: single figures on various plants
    Ladybirds: none
    Bees: yes, honey but more bumble
    Wasps: surprisingly few
    Ants: constantly

    #22387

    NormTwigge
    Participant

    Number/species of milkweed plants: Bloodflower,incarnata – 20
    Community/suburb: Whakatane
    Have you had typical summer weather or describe: very dry
    Adult Monarchs (e.g. butterflies) seen around milkweed: 2-3 most days.
    Larvae/pupae observed: Quite a few October, none at present.
    Eggs observed: Nil
    Praying mantises: Finding 2-3 young S.A. mantises each day.
    Aphids: Lots
    Ladybirds: 5-6
    Bees: Numerous honey bees and bumble bees
    Wasps: Several paper wasps
    Ants: Very few
    Other pests seen affecting Monarchs/milkweed: Nil
    Any other comments: Seems to be a slow start to the Summer
    generation.

    #22386

    Swansong
    Participant

    Number/species of milkweed plants: About 15 normal Swanplants 1 Giant Swanplant
    Community/suburb: Manawatu
    Have you had typical summer weather or describe: Cold hot dry wet windy still sunny cloudy and everything else just about.
    Adult Monarchs (e.g. butterflies) seen around milkweed: 0
    Larvae/pupae observed: 0
    Eggs observed:0
    Praying mantises:0
    Aphids: A few colonies in the last 2 months or so
    Ladybirds: Quite a lot (inside the house).
    Bees: Quite a few over the last month (bumble and honey)
    Wasps: A few
    Ants: 0 on swanplants
    Other pests seen affecting Monarchs/milkweed: 0
    Any other comments: Last years in the ground Swanplants VERY slow, and only just starting to look like replenishing themselves. A few self sown seedling are up but growth is slow.

    #22385

    hshingles
    Participant

    Number/species of milkweed plants: lots of mature and seedlings.
    Community/suburb: Te Atatu Waitakere
    Weather:wet cold spring plants are just really recovering now,
    Adult Monarch; few to start plenty today
    Larvae/pupae observed; evidence of eggs hatching, only few surviving.
    Eggs observed: several
    Praying mantises: not yet.
    Aphids: not yet
    Ladybirds; none
    Bees: a few on the flowers
    Wasps: 3-4 mainly on flowers
    Ants:not on swan plants.
    Heather

    #22384

    Number/species of milkweed plants: Mix of Milkweed, Blood flower & Giants 100+
    Community/suburb: Levin Manawatu
    Have you had typical summer weather or describe: seems more Wet and Cold
    Adult Monarchs (e.g. butterflies) seen around milkweed: 0
    Larvae/pupae observed: 0
    Eggs observed: 0
    Praying mantises: 0
    Aphids: very few
    Ladybirds: 0
    Bees: 30 to 40 every day
    Wasps: 0
    Ants: few
    Other pests seen affecting Monarchs/milkweed: 0

    #22382

    missd
    Participant

    Number/species of milkweed plants: Mix of Milkweed, Blood flower & Giants 100+
    Community/suburb: Levin Manawatu
    Have you had typical summer weather or describe: seems more Wet and Cold
    Adult Monarchs (e.g. butterflies) seen around milkweed: 1
    Larvae/pupae observed: 0
    Eggs observed: 0
    Praying mantises: 0
    Aphids: 0
    Ladybirds: 1
    Bees: several lots of Bumble Bees
    Wasps: 0
    Ants: some
    Other pests seen affecting Monarchs/milkweed: 0

    #22381

    Nick
    Participant

    Number/species of milkweed plants: about 5 smallish swan plants
    Community/suburb: Petone
    Have you had typical summer weather or describe: bit cooler than normal
    Adult Monarchs (e.g. butterflies) seen around milkweed: None
    Larvae/pupae observed: None
    Praying mantises: nil
    Aphids: lots
    Ladybirds: not seen
    Bees: honey 0 , many bumble
    Wasps: none
    Ants: lots & lots ++
    Other pests seen affecting Monarchs/milkweed:
    Any other comments: would have expected to see a few by now but it has been coldish (snowed on the hills last night)

    #22379

    lawrence pope
    Participant

    Number/species of milkweed plants: 37 large plants over 1 meter 161 plants over 300mm both swan and the blood flower plants
    Community/suburb: PICTON waikawa bay
    Have you had typical summer weather or describe: typical summer
    Adult Monarchs (e.g. butterflies) seen around milkweed: 1 or 2 female laying eggs each day on 7 plants out side the butterfly house
    Larvae/pupae observed: we have 255 larvae small just hatched in the last week in the butterfly house
    Eggs observed: 50 ++
    Praying mantises: nil
    Aphids: lots & lots
    Ladybirds: 1
    Bees: honey 1 , 100s bumble
    Wasps: 5 killing as we see them
    Ants: lots & lots ++
    Other pests seen affecting Monarchs/milkweed:
    Any other comments: this year so far have released 40 adults monarchs, one which was half the size of a normal butterfly which she has returned to lay eggs

    #22378

    macmonkey
    Participant

    Number/species of milkweed plants: Swamp Milkweed
    Community/suburb: TOKOROA
    Have you had typical summer weather or describe:a few warm days but mainly colder than normal
    Adult Monarchs (e.g. butterflies) seen around milkweed: 1 female
    Larvae/pupae observed:0
    Eggs observed:20+
    Praying mantises:0
    Aphids:0
    Ladybirds:0
    Bees:mainly small black native bees
    Wasps:0
    Ants:0
    Other pests seen affecting Monarchs/milkweed:
    Any other comments: About time, thought they would never show up

    #22377

    jo
    Participant

    Number/species of milkweed plants:2
    Community/suburb:Wakefield,Tasman District
    Have you had typical summer weather or describe:No it was warmer in late spring, then some frosts again and much windier now than usual but about average temps with the odd cold day thrown in – quite weird.
    Adult Monarchs (e.g. butterflies) seen around milkweed:a few weeks ago I saw two or three monarch butterflies in a day but now there are none since just before Christmas.
    Larvae/pupae observed:None
    Eggs observed:None
    Praying mantises:1
    Aphids:plenty but they get dealt to by the silver eyes and other birds
    Ladybirds:very few, usually plentiful
    Bees: many less than usual- we don’t use toxic sprays. There are more bumble bees than bees I think.
    Wasps:not many but more than honey bees
    Ants: None
    Other pests seen affecting Monarchs/milkweed: None

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