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  • in reply to: Alternative foods – pepper tree? #32251

    BlueSkyBee
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    I love Schinus molle, and am interested in the fact that it could be an alternative, next time I see one, I’m going to pick some, and either try the cats on it, or see how well it freezes for use later if it is the wrong time of the year.

    I tried the cats on zucchini as an emergency food for a while, they kind of reluctantly eat it (only the big ones) and their frass becomes incredibly watery, so probably not really the best for them I think, but it did keep them alive while I managed to get some milkweed on the go.

    in reply to: Butterfly nets #32239

    BlueSkyBee
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    Bump 🙂

    in reply to: Tagging 2013 Season #32236

    BlueSkyBee
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    Thanks for the info. 🙂 Also, where is a good place to but butterfly nets from?

     

    Ang.

    in reply to: HELP! It's stormy out and I have a butterfly just emerged… #32211

    BlueSkyBee
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    Emmakate, I had 6 chrysalises ready to hatch today, and was a tad worried as the weather has been nasty for the past few days (they are all outside, but sheltered) and this afternoon when the weather cleared, I have had 6 lovely monarchs hatch and 4 have gone, it seems two want to stay overnight.

    After reading Jacquis post about them sensing weather, I was less worried about them 🙂

    in reply to: Do pupae have to hang? #32210

    BlueSkyBee
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    I was just reading a wee book on Monarchs, and their take on the hanging thing was so that gravity helps the wings to unfold as they are so large.

    in reply to: Deformed chrysalis #32180

    BlueSkyBee
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    On closer inspection, the head of the butterfly has not formed, it still has the head of a caterpillar, as that part was actually outside the chrysalis. So I can’t imagine it would be able to feed. Don’t think it will last too long.

    in reply to: Deformed chrysalis #32172

    BlueSkyBee
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    Butterfly looks totally fine, and hopefully will be flying away soon. 🙂

    in reply to: Deformed chrysalis #32158

    BlueSkyBee
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    I’ve been watching this chrysalis with interest, yesterday it seemed to be going a funny colour, sort of brownish, I thought it was just going to die, but this morning it looks like it is going to hatch today, nice black colour with the orange wings showing through.

     

    Hope the butterfly makes it! 🙂

    in reply to: Help! Need to save my wee monarch chrysalis #32120

    BlueSkyBee
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    Oh yes, NSTB is right, I left one on the plant, and the other cats did eat the whole leaf around, and left the mid rib, and that chrysalis is doing fine, just hanging in there.

     

    If you do take any inside, I read a tip somewhere to mist the chrysalises once or twice a day  if they are away from a plant, as otherwise they can dry out, and then won’t hatch.

    in reply to: Help! Need to save my wee monarch chrysalis #32119

    BlueSkyBee
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    I’ve taken a few inside off the plant, just taken the whole leaf off the plant, then used tape to attach the leaf to the underside of my bookcase, and the leaf did shrivel, but as the cats usually attach to the middle rib of the leaf which is quite firm, the leaf lasted through to butterfly emergence every time.

     

    GL 🙂

     

    in reply to: Sightings of tagged butterflies #31957

    BlueSkyBee
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    Only the last link seems to work?

    in reply to: Yates announce the second winner #31956

    BlueSkyBee
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    Sounds very well timed and well deserved. 🙂

    in reply to: Close up of cremaster #31842

    BlueSkyBee
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    Amazing! As someone commented, natures velcro 🙂

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