Where are all the Gum Emperor Moth caterpillars?

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    Debbie
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    Hi, I have been looking for the gum Emperor caterpillar on and off for many years (20) and have only found them once while out walking. We have now moved and I have lovely silver dollar trees and I have not seen any caterpillars in 7 years of living here. I would love to adopt some for our tree (if they are not considered a pest). Does anyone have any? I think the ‘season’ for them is in the early stages now…I am in Half Moon Bay, Auckland. Thanks for your consideration. Debbie

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    david
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    Hi Debbie,
    David here from Teddington in Lyttelton Harbour near Chch. We had a storm early this week and while out walking the next morning we found a gum caterpillar. We’ve got it in a small glass aquarium with gum branches and a few sprigs of fresh gum leaves. It’s fascinating to watch. Been in NZ 20 years and saw our first gum moth 3 weeks ago and this is our first caterpillar.

    Good luck!🐛
    David and Ian

    #51339

    Antherina
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    Only ever seen one wild moth. An un-mated female.There is an Insect page on Facebook that may help (NZ Bug Identification etc)?

    #51331

    sarahdodds
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    Does anyone have eggs or caterpillars that I could have for my boys to raise?

    #36015

    Jacqui
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    Yes, the gum trees are about where the “Wa” shows up on the map here when I google “Grand Drive”

    https://maps.google.co.nz/

    The reserve is Waiatarua Reserve. I should think that they’d be about now – but I would wait until after a good blow, because you find them on the very new growth and that’s always at the top of the tree… so wait until some branches are blown down.

    #36006

    Debbie
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    Thanks Jacqui, is that the park between Grand Drive and Abbotts way? if it is, I know it well and go past once a week. When are the eggs due to hatch? The last time I saw a catterpillar was in Febuary but I think they start well before that. I wonder if it is worth a look tomorrow…. ?

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    Jacqui
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    Hello Debbie

    i’ve found them before on the eastern side of the park adjacent the Remuera Golf Course (there’s a large pond in the middle of it, sorry I can’t remember the name). And also in Fowlds Park, Mt Albert. Best to go after a good blow, as that’s when some of the new growth from the Eucalyptus will have been knocked to the ground. I would love to get some more and have another go at raising them. Magnificent things!

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    Debbie
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    Oh yes please, and thank you very much! Ideally I might find someone closer to me, But I am not one to ‘look a gift horse in the mouth’. When the time comes, would you please let me know if you have spare caterpillars, and we can arrange postage etc. Thanks again. I will let you know if I find anything closer to me. Cheers, Debbie

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    Anna
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    Debbie, I raised a lot of them last season….and they are wonderful to have around!
    Some of the cocoons I saved have been hatching, and I have eggs, but am unsure if they are fertile as yet. If I get a lot of caterpillars, I am happy to send some up to you…unless you find some locally. I am in the Nelson area.

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