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  • in reply to: Large Butterfly house required #32938

    BlueSkyBee
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    Here is a link to photos of Chars gazebo, looks like a great setup!

    photos of Char’s gazebo

    in reply to: Large Butterfly house required #32936

    BlueSkyBee
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    I’ve been looking at old threads about butterfly houses, and saw a suggestion about using a gazebo with mesh sides. I think I’ll look into that, the castles are great, but being able to sit in with the butterflies must be pretty cool, and would also give you a lot more height for big plants.

    in reply to: Sth Is Monarchs #32935

    BlueSkyBee
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    Interesting  to hear, I’m over towards Dargaville, and also have not seen any wasps annoying the cats. I do have a couple of paper wasp nests very high up that I haven’t managed to eradicate, but they don’t seem to have spotted the cats, fingers crossed they remain oblivious.

    in reply to: March CREATE BUTTERFLY HABITAT course #32885

    BlueSkyBee
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    Thanks Jacqui, is there video content? If so I won’t be able to do it. Dial-up is too slow to load them.

    in reply to: March CREATE BUTTERFLY HABITAT course #32882

    BlueSkyBee
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    Jacqui, the content of the course, is it text info, or video content, or a mix. I’m interested, but as I’m on dailup internet which is very slow, I can’t watch videos.

    in reply to: Monarchs one year,none the next? #32875

    BlueSkyBee
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    You could be right Katrina, I actually have a few butterflies, who laid masses of eggs, I think about 20 hatched out, and now I’m almost having to beat the monarchs off with a stick, as I’m having so many visit and lay eggs on my poor swan plant (a self seeded one which started all this caper!) and I’m pretty sure they must be the ones raised here.

    So, I”m just musing about what next year may look like, after reading that people may not see any, after having lots the year before.

    Glad you have managed to introduce them to your neighbourhood, they are just so lovely, addictive even! 🙂

    in reply to: Monarchs one year,none the next? #32863

    BlueSkyBee
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    Thanks Jacqui, wow, Stewart Island, I wouldn’t have thought it! I’m being a bit facetious about my garden, even if the butterflies don’t make it next year, there will be lots of very happy bees bumblebees and other bugs!! 🙂

    in reply to: Brown/Black sucking bugs on my swan plants #32862

    BlueSkyBee
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    They could also be scale insect if they don’t move. Definitely a photo would help. Often scale insect will attack heat stressed plants, so a bit of extra watering probably won’t go astray, and you can squash the scale insect with your fingers (the actual insect lives under the shell) and often ants will carry them onto the plant, as they feed off the sweet honeydew the scale exudes, much the same way as ants ‘farm’ aphids.


    BlueSkyBee
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    They are very cool, aren’t they? 🙂

    in reply to: Help butterfly half stuck in cocoon for 12 hrs #32836

    BlueSkyBee
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    I don’t know if this is what you ‘should’ do, but were it me, I’d try to carefully peel the papery chrysalis away from the butterfly to allow it out.

    Ang.

    in reply to: Gulf Harbour #32825

    BlueSkyBee
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    It’s so much fun, hey Witchipoo?

    Jacqui, your post about not watching them change made  me laugh, it really is like that! Sneaky wee beasts! I have actually managed to see both a chrysalis appear,and a monarch hatch, two simply amazing things to witness, I’m glad I stuck it out, and waited, though it was like watching paint dry until ‘IT’ happened, and everyone in my household was rolling their eyes at me and making jokes about my wee ‘obsession’ LOL.

    in reply to: Tagging 2013 Season #32784

    BlueSkyBee
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    Just got my tags, postcards, prac butterflies etc, thankyou. 🙂

    Ang.

    in reply to: alternative food #32765

    BlueSkyBee
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    Jasmine or anyone else…, do you know if the Monarchs raised on mothplant successfully mate and lay viable eggs?


    BlueSkyBee
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    How many cats do you have on the plant? I find that if the plant isn’t over populated, they will generally concentrate on the leaves, and stay away from the flowers.

    in reply to: Ants on milkweed flowers #32753

    BlueSkyBee
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    I have seen butterflies feeding on the nectar now, and also lots of bumble bees, so thinking seed is assured now…

    in reply to: Hedgehogs #32508

    BlueSkyBee
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    So they are not affected by the chemicals in the caterpillar/chrysalis, or would they ‘try’ the chrysalis, and then spit it out, do you think?

    in reply to: Gloomy news for Monarchs and the world #32503

    BlueSkyBee
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    Oh that’s good, I’ll have to keep looking locally though, I won’t be able to get to the conference, as I have 3 little ones, so I’m not really mobile.

    I did think I saw a red admiral flying around the other day, not sure If I was right, I’ve only ever seen pictures before…

    in reply to: The importance of our tagging and transects, thanks to you #32497

    BlueSkyBee
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    You order them by accessing your profile by clicking on your username in the top right corner, then click on the research tab on the LHS of the screen, and choose ‘request tags’ from the drop down menu.

    in reply to: Gloomy news for Monarchs and the world #32490

    BlueSkyBee
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    Thanks for that Jacqui, it seems in so many ways the problems caused by  uses of pesticides and monoculture and mass agriculture are coming to roost, and at an accelerated pace as well… eg the plight of the bees.

    I’m in the country on a 25 acre organic lifestyle block, and read a lot of the farming mags, and there is a bit of panic beginning in that sector too, as they realise how hugely they are messing up the land, but sadly it only seems to hit home when it is the back pocket that is affected.

    Anyway, from reading this forum, my plans now include planting a decent crop of milkweed species, and I have a place earmarked for a good patch of nettle when I can get      hold of some plants, as well as making my place as butterfly friendly as possible.

    Angie.

    in reply to: Gloomy news for Monarchs and the world #32437

    BlueSkyBee
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    I’m on dailup, so is there a transcript, or can someone kind of summarise it?

    in reply to: Green Caterpillars on swan plants #32289

    BlueSkyBee
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    This question was answered in an earlier thread,
    https://www.monarch.org.nz/forum/topic/green-caterpillars-taking-over-swan-plants/
    They aren’t Cabbage cats.

    in reply to: Cassia? #32275

    BlueSkyBee
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    The cinnamon tree is from the laurel family, Lauraceae, so not related to Cassia sp. I believe, but the common name “Cassia” is given to members of  the Cinnamomum species  which can yeild cinnamon.

    Botanically speaking, why common names usage is often a nightmare, and it is a lot simpler and less confusing sticking to latin nomeclature!  Anyway, I digress, I have seen cinnamon growing, and  it does look very ‘laurel-like’ totally different to Cassia sp.

    in reply to: Ants on milkweed flowers #32274

    BlueSkyBee
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    Thanks Jacqui, what brilliant photos!!

    Yes I’ve seen the ants feeding on the eggs (no aphids yet) and I’m kind of thankful for the help, as I’m madly squashing eggs at the moment, as I want my plant to survive. Probably later I’ll be doing an assault on the ants when I’m getting short of caterpillars, and need every egg I can get.

    Angie.

    in reply to: Cassia? #32273

    BlueSkyBee
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    Thanks Jane, I have 25 acres, so space definitely isn’t a problem, I think I’ll pop it into a big mixed hedgerow/shelterbelt I’m creating to protect the orchard.

    in reply to: split proboscis #32260

    BlueSkyBee
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    Amazing wee creatures! I must see if I can spot that next time… So if it doesn’t ‘zip up’   can they still survive, or can it fix up later on?

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