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  • in reply to: SPRING IS SPRUNG CONTEST #57771

    badjelly
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    I have a really old fashioned hibiscus which they absolutely adore… can be several on the bush at one time.

    in reply to: Best way to transport caterpillars for 2 hour drive? #49567

    badjelly
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    Just to let you know I did everything you both said and they all made it there safely with no casualties! Thanks

    in reply to: Best way to transport caterpillars for 2 hour drive? #49538

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    Jacqui,

    Thanks for the branch idea as I didn’t want to put much food in either – need the little bit I have left for the ones left behind. Spent two hours putting air holes in containers tonight (whoops) but they are tiny and all from the inside out so there are no sharp edges. When Caryl said only ten to a container (which makes a lot of sense) I had to change my plans a bit and find a lot of containers so thought I better get them ready as have two people collecting tomorrow. Some of them are going to my dad, who you know, Colin Nicholls (works for the radio station) as he has plenty of food – role reversal from last year when he had loads of caterpillars before we had any. Thanks again. Sarah

    in reply to: Best way to transport caterpillars for 2 hour drive? #49536

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    Thanks Caryl – that is really helpful. No, I wont be driving. Will be one dropping off for me and one take some back to her place in Hunua. I thought I would try and put some mesh or cheesecloth taped over the top to create more ventalation. Good advice regarding the number of cats in each container and which sizes. Thanks

    in reply to: Caterpillars wont eat my swan plants #37266

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    Hi all,

    Thanks so much for the replies – I cant figure out how to reply individually sorry. I feel like a total idiot in regard to the Shield as I did not read it properly, will not use it again but in saying that my Grandmother did not use it. Also, in looking at the situation again today I don’t think I used it on the plant that we took the branch off to feed the caterpillars with. Will not use it again and will read the label carefully on Confidor as a possible alternative. The caterpillars came from another garden but they happily ate branches from yet another garden which we managed to cadge – our soil is quite different to both those gardens though but it still would not explain our complete lack of caterpillars this year. A great idea to bring in a branch and watch what happens with the eggs. Will also try the net curtain idea though have been watching closely and only seen bumble bees on the flowers so far. Have ordered loads of new seeds of different types from the Monarch people so hopefully will get things back on track for next season.

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