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  • in reply to: Monarch diseases #59150

    carols
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    Yes it just requires some ordinary clear adhesive tape and the link is here
    https://www.wgtn.ac.nz/science/outreach/citizen-science-opportunities

    in reply to: tagging wild/reared question #58980

    carols
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    For butterflies like that that I tag, I say reared, given that they have grown and developed in my garden with plants that I have provided specifically for them. I would call a wild butterfly one that has arrived from somewhere else.

    in reply to: Scale Bugs on Swans #57986

    carols
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    Scale insects are small flatish oval sap-sucking insects with a brown shell/shield (they look a bit like a little limpet) and attach themselves to stems and branches. I’m in the Far North and get them on my swan plants and also some other woody plants. If not picked off and removed they can certainly destroy your plants.

    in reply to: Subscriptions #57148

    carols
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    All subs are due for renewal from 1st July. Or email me treasurer@monarch.org.nz

    in reply to: Where can I order tags #56313

    carols
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    Once you have registered you can request tags. Login and then select ‘Dashboard’ on the home page. Under ‘Research’ on the lefthand side of the page, select ‘Request Tags’(it is the 6th option down).

    in reply to: Caterpillers dying #51732

    carols
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    I think that sometimes when my caterpillars have a similar problem it is because they have been attacked by a green (or brown) vegetable/shield bug.

    These bugs seem to sort of suck the life out of the caterpillar without leaving any visible evidence…. except a limp lifeless caterpillar.

    in reply to: Lots of caterpillars and small swan plants, Hamilton #49562

    carols
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    Trim off all the dead bits on your plant, and then keep it well watered, and perhaps even give it a feed of any sort of plant food, and it will keep growing quite happily.

    The small plants are fine where they are. But you could move a few, and keep them well watered too.


    carols
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    In 2011 I was living near Manurewa (Auckland) and, much to my surprise watched, a yellow admiral laying on “baby’s tears”. The eggs hatched and the tiny caterpillars fed on the leaves. Unfortunately I didn’t take good care of them though.

    in reply to: Swan plants needed West Auckland #43001

    carols
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    Just around the corner from the Hangar Bar is Kings Plant Barn, Universal Drive, Henderson.

    in reply to: video tutorial of tagging? #42943

    carols
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    If you search the web for “butterfly scissor hold” you should find some pictures. But the important thing is not so much how you hold your butterfly, but that you are reasonably gentle with it.
    I’ve never mastered the scissor hold myself. But I’ve tagged lots of butterflies with no problems.

    in reply to: Tags and participating in project #42649

    carols
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    Hi Julia, you have paid for an online subscription, so your magazines are accessed online. I have emailed you your receipt again which includes the instructions for reading the magazines online.
    Carol, treasurer

    in reply to: Our butterflies need our help. #41495

    carols
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    I think Jacqui means that you should write to your local newspaper. Most newspapers have a “Letters to the Editor” column.

    in reply to: No monarchs seen yet #41047

    carols
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    I’m in the Henderson area and although I haven’t seen any Monarchs I recently discovered a “dumping” of eggs on one of my scrawny swan plants. These have all now grown and hatched in the safety of my castle and in the last 2 weeks I’ve released 16 Monarchs.

    So there are butterflies out there, but I do wonder how much the strong winds have been affecting them.

    in reply to: Sprayed plants – Mavrik #40853

    carols
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    I don’t think Mavrik is at all safe for caterpillars, in fact it is called a “Chewing & sucking insect killer”
    Bees may be safe because they are going for the nectar in the flowers, whereas caterpillars are chewing the leaves.
    The plants may be safe after a few days, but I would be very cautious.


    carols
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    As I discovered last summer, moth plant is a very useful food source for monarch caterpillars when there is insufficient swan plant available.

    Which makes me wonder if the rust that they are wanting to introduce might not also affect swan plants, as both plants are a type of milkweed.

    Here is an excerpt from the Landcare Research application
    “. . . Several ornamental species are related to moth plants, notably tweedia (Oxypetalum caeruleum) and swan plant (Gomphocarpus fruticosus, G. physocarpus and Asclepias curassavica). These plants are particularly valued by those fostering butterflies such as Monarchs. Tests indicate that the rust should not attack the two species of swan plant tested (G. fruticosus and A. curassavica). It was not possible to test tweedia so this plant could be at risk from incidental infection by this rust. Tweedia also proved marginally acceptable to the first control agent considered . . .”

    I therefore think the MBNZT should vigorously oppose the introduction of this rust.

    in reply to: stripped swan plants and too many caterpillars #38363

    carols
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    Chrysalises …. Monarchs make chrysalises (they don’t spin cocoons)

    in reply to: stripped swan plants and too many caterpillars #38352

    carols
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    If you can find moth vine growing wild anywhere (vacant sections, road edges) it makes an excellent emergency food source.

    in reply to: Cape gooseberry chrysalis #38180

    carols
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    A monarch caterpillar that is ready to form its chrysalis will often crawl quite a distance away from its host plant to find a good spot to hang.
    The MBNZT recently ran a competition for photos of chrysalises in strange places.

    in reply to: Caterpillars fed on Moth/Kapok Plant/not Pupating #38152

    carols
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    I have been raising Monarchs almost exclusively on moth vine for the last month or two.
    I have been treating the moth vine the same as I would with swan plant (crushing the ends of the stems and standing the stems in water in the castle), and it lasts well for quite a few days.

    This is the second “batch” of Monarchs I have raised like this, and have had very few that haven’t pupated.

    Soon after I released the first 50 or so butterflies that had been raised on moth vine, I found lots of eggs on my scrawny swan plants, which I assumed had been laid by my “moth vine” reared butterflies.

    When the caterpillars reached about 2nd instar on the swan plants I put them in a castle with moth vine. There are now about 60 chrysalises with only one or two fails.

    in reply to: Wasps eating my Monarch Caterpillars #38013

    carols
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    Click on the word “wasps” over on the right hand side of this page >>>>>>
    (down near the bottom of the list) and it will take you to lots of posts about wasps, including a recent one about Wasp Traps.


    carols
    Moderator

    I would mostly uncover the chrysalises so that the butterflies can fly away when they hatch. The chrysalises are fairly hardy and without our “help” they cope well enough with wind and rain, remember they are an insect that is used to “looking after” itself in the wilds of nature 🙂

    in reply to: Caterpillars wont eat my swan plants #37243

    carols
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    In the past I have used Confidor (sparingly) on my swan plants to control aphids and it didn’t seem to adversely affect the caterpillars.

    in reply to: Cover photo for the Summer magazine #35972

    carols
    Moderator

    Yes, maybe time for a Monarch, since we are starting to see them about.

    in reply to: Cats making Js on ground – help please! #34516

    carols
    Moderator

    I would think that if the caterpillar has fallen and then started oozing, it probably got injured when it fell, and is doomed (sorry).

    A healthy caterpillar can still form its chrysalis when it’s lying down – not as easily as when it’s hanging, but it can still do it.

    in reply to: Socks #33790

    carols
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    They can be bought from Live Monarch in the USA.

    The Trust bought some a few years ago and we have one left which is a small size.  I will email you the details.

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