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  • in reply to: Monarch Health 2013 Monitoring Kits #33458

    BlueSkyBee
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    I think they will send the kits anywhere…

    One of the criteria is raising each cat separately, isn’t it? That’s possibly my only hesitation.

    They are in the beginning of their Monarch season there, and we are winding down.

     

    in reply to: Preventing bird strike on windows #33456

    BlueSkyBee
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    These look interesting. I’ve never had a wood pigeon strike our windows here, despite having quite a few living here, but other smaller birds have done so.

    in reply to: help please for sick caterpillars #33452

    BlueSkyBee
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    I have only really reared cats this year (other than as a kid) and have also had cats hang in the J and then start to pupate,  moult only the head, then die. Also some hanging in the J and then just shrivelling up. However I put all this down to feeding them zucchini as I ran out of swanplant, and it seemed to me they were pupating too early due to the food source. Interesting to hear others have had the same experience with plant fed cats.

    I did get hold of some plants, and transferred the remaining cats onto them, they seem to be growing at an exponential rate. Doing very well.

    I had about 40 feeding on zucchini, and lost about 10 to either oozing, non pupation (shrivelling up), or partial pupation.

    Have about 30 chrysalises (some look malformed) and fingers crossed they eclose ok.

    in reply to: Overwintering Monarchs in Bay of Plenty #33384

    BlueSkyBee
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    Wow. So early! In fact, I wouldn’t have a clue, but it seems early? Good that there are tagged ones among them.

    I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled, I’d love to see a cluster some time 🙂

    in reply to: Sneak peak: Chrysalis tree #33383

    BlueSkyBee
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    Excellent!!! Well done. 🙂

    in reply to: Tom Scott Cartoon #33333

    BlueSkyBee
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    Extremely apt.

    in reply to: Christchurch #33320

    BlueSkyBee
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    Emily that letter reminds me about what I read has happened in the 20 mile exclusion zone around Chernobyl, nature has returned with a veangence now barely any humans are around.

    in reply to: PLANTS NEEDED to feed monarch caterpillars Mangawhai #33312

    BlueSkyBee
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    Jacqui, I was unaware that caterpillars don’t transfer well from curassavica to the common swan plants. Is that because of a slight difference in the toxin in the leaves?

    in reply to: Most beautiful sight :) #33311

    BlueSkyBee
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    Awesome! I want my back yard filled with swan plants next season, can’t wait! 🙂

    in reply to: Hungry Caterpillars & Moth Vine Locations #33216

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    in reply to: Hungry Caterpillars & Moth Vine Locations #33215

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    in reply to: Praying Mantis #33155

    BlueSkyBee
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    I saw a praying mantis eating a live bumblebee the other day, was quite gruesome. Ive been wondering how to tell the SA ones from the NZ ones, great to know about the blue/yellow on the front legs… We have SO many here.

    in reply to: Sneak peak: Chrysalis tree #33136

    BlueSkyBee
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    What a great idea! How many are you hoping to have hanging on there by the end? Is it simply the only thing they have access to hang on and are you manually glueing some on as well? I saw the beginning of it, but it won’t load for me… slow internet…

    in reply to: Scabiosa 'Crimson clouds' #33127

    BlueSkyBee
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    Bunnings 🙂

    in reply to: Tagging 2013 Season #33097

    BlueSkyBee
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    108 taggers that looks like, over the past 3 years say, how have the numbers of taggers changed?

    Thanks for the info on sightings, I’ve been looking at them just in the same place as the non tagged sightings, and have not come across the sighting maps, I’ll have to go see if I can find them.

    in reply to: Diapause question #33081

    BlueSkyBee
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    Thanks 🙂

    in reply to: Ophryocystis elektroscirrha or OE #33080

    BlueSkyBee
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    Gee that’s interesting, sounds similar to colloidal silver, which I use on myself and my sons quite successfully.

    in reply to: Recognizing 5th instars #33073

    BlueSkyBee
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    Thanks for all that info Jacqui…

    Haha I’m not really game to put them in the fridge, I’m plying them with zucchini, and they are growing quite well, some had orangey/red frass, which freaked me out a bit, but when I looked it up, apparently the frass just before pupation can turn reddish, called ‘terminal frass’ so I’m seeing the light at the end of the tunnel! 🙂

    in reply to: Tagging 2013 Season #33051

    BlueSkyBee
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    A couple of questions, I check out the sightings quite often, and am especially interested when I see someone has recovered a tagged butterfly, but am always left wondering where the butterfly originated from, is there any way that info (just a town or area) can be included in the sighting info?

    If I had a butterfly that I tagged recovered by someone, would I be let know, or is it just a matter of me looking at the sightings often to check, on the website?

    Also, I see the current count of tagged butterflies for 2013 is 1124, is that from the 1st of March??? If so, that’s amazing!! How many separate taggers are there in the scheme this year?

    Also, I saw this tag recovery;

    JAH601
    2013-02-20
    5713
    Carterton

    Home Garden
    Plum tree, lawn grass

    which puzzled me, as I thought J series were from March 1 2013? Was this butterfly and tag just released early?

    Jacqui, about diapause, if someone experienced were to dissect some butterflies, could they possibly tell if they were in diapause, as the reproductive organs would be immature?

    in reply to: help please for sick caterpillars #33048

    BlueSkyBee
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    Wow that would have been a thrill relesasing 15! My best so far is 6 at once 🙂 Yes, I have lots of little plants growing on now, as I’m determined to be far better set up next year, and I have 3 varieties of swan plant seed in, fingers crossed some of them grow!

    in reply to: Food types for Monarchs in captivity #33046

    BlueSkyBee
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    I guess the best thing for them would be to dig up a plant if possible, pot it up, and let them feed on that indoors, if that is not possible, at the moment, as my plants are pretty much stripped, I’m feeding mine on Zucchini, home grown organic ones, so I know there are no spray residues to upset the cats. I’m only feeding this to my 5th instars though. (Final stage before pupation) They really seem to like the skins in particular.

    in reply to: Large Butterfly house required #33035

    BlueSkyBee
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    Very good ideas about anchoring Anna, I’ll be keeping those in mind, as I get very strong gusts at times here, the black water containers, aside from stabilising, would also help with warmth if they absorb the suns rays during the day.

    in reply to: help please for sick caterpillars #33034

    BlueSkyBee
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    I hope your troubles will soon be over Gillian, and you’ll have healthy cats from now on.

    I must say, reading these threads makes me wary of buying swan  pants, which I have been forced to do this year, as I started off with ONE self seeded plant, thus falling unexpectedly into monarch raising in a big way! However, I do sigh with relief if I spy tiny cats on plants I buy, as it means it would be less likely for them to be sprayed, and adding new genetics to the area can only be a good thing I guess, only downside is it’s more cats to find food for! 🙂

    in reply to: Large Butterfly house required #33030

    BlueSkyBee
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    I was in the Warehouse the other day, and their gazebos were too rich for me, over $200, looked good though… but I think I’ll wait to see if they go on special, and I’ll go to Bunnings as well to see what they have.

    in reply to: Help butterfly half stuck in cocoon for 12 hrs #32953

    BlueSkyBee
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    Here is a very informative blog post which covers this topic, along the lines of Jacquis post, but not put so poetically! 😉

    http://www.mymonarchguide.com/2007/07/dreaded-oe-spore.html

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