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  • in reply to: Thinking out loud: Ophryocystis elektroscirrha #61363

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    Hi, is it possible that the aphids eat the tender new growth on swans which then helps the plant tips to sprout more branches? I know it sounds whacky but i have tried to find a reason in nature for these miserable little orange buggers to exist, usually there is some sense in the biological marvels we are so lucky to enjoy, but wasps and aphids dont seem to be there for any good purpose except aphids feed laybugs and the like. Wasps are a horror movie that should never have been shown in NZ, apex predators who found a paradise that was never meant for them, erggh.

    in reply to: 4th generation Monarch emerged in a week of rain wont fly #61361

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    Thanks Jacqui, they are heartbreakers thats for sure. I havent ever brought any inside -wild needs wild – shes got a hatchery on the front deck but it doesnt get sun there, not that theres a lot of sun to go round. She doesnt seem to be OE but i dont have the skills required to tell, there are 3 more chrysalids in the plants i put in the berm where the wasps are so prevalent, but they have abated with the cooler wearher. The chrysalids need to be moved for safe hatching but if the hatchery is home to a diseased butterfly then it will be unsafe , argghh. What happens if they dont get enough sunshine in their first week to charge their batteries? She doesnt seem too feeble , clambering up the fern i held for her yesterday when i put her in the little sun we had.

    in reply to: Wasps! It works #61355

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    I live in Grey Lynn, by the Arch Hill reserve which is woefully neglected by the motorway alliance. There were so many wasps here last summer all through autumn it wqs dangerous to go out in bare sleeves. I called the council trhey said not their problem and to call the motorway people who told me it was a council issue. i took a video on my phone showing hundreds of wasps toing and froing where my swan plants are, i have 3 chrysalids trhere but will bring them up to hatch, the wasps have abated now but its clear there are some really big nests not far from the road

    in reply to: How do I take care of Monarchs in Winter? #61354

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    Hi, it sounds normal, its important when they emerge that they are able to hang up safely, and that if they miss their footing and fall they are able to immediately climb up to hang again otherwise their wings dont straighten, so as long as the chrysalids are in a good spot with a mesh or grass or twiglet ramp to climb to safety if they fall they should be ok. They go really dark for a couple of days before they emerge, if they stay really dark for more than 4 days they may have perished but if they are green and not indoors where they will sense it is warmer than it actually is and muck up their warning systems you should be right.bron 0212624344

    in reply to: Rain and waiting to release Monarch #61353

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    Is dawn the best time to try and feed Monarchs? I cant get mine to eat so this morning I am trying at day break to see if i can tempt her. Butterfly fun facts say to put a new clean kitchen scrubber well rinsed then soaked with gatorade so they dont get sugary feet and wings, i like the banana peel idea so will try that first

    in reply to: Caterpillar Care (Monarchs) #59558

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    Hi Jacqui its Bron in Grey Lynn, could you please call me on 021 262 4344 urgently, i lost your number when my phone got nicked and i am desperately trying to find you, thanks

    in reply to: What’s making swan plants get sick and die? #57891

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    yellow dying swan plants – sounds like scale bugs. if there is ants thats also an indicator along with wasps. if there are scale bugs the plants will be sticky to touch have black sticly mould and black holes in the stalks where the bugs bury in to eat the sap. you can treat the plants if you want to save them by smothering all life on the caterpillawrs included by spraying the whole plant with mineral oil conqueror oil spray. You have to get rid of them if you want new plantsto not get infected – its a bugger. If its a small infestation hen you could try and get rid of them by hand without spraying .

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