EddieCG

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  • in reply to: late caterpillars #48304

    EddieCG
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    Because of the nice weather after all the rain, decided to tidy my garden. That included finding homes for the swan plants which have recovered from giving birth to 17 butterflies in the summer. To my amazement, I found 13 large caterpillars! One plant is nearly stripped – shows how slack I have been in my (temporary) garden! So, out comes the jumbo castle again, for one plant. Two more plants have been moved to bigger containers, to go with me when we move to our permanent home. Four caterpillars were rehomed to a plant I had already transplanted to this garden, though it is in the winter shade. What are their chances, given it is cold at night at the moment? My husband says let nature take its course! But, midwinter and caterpillars!!

    in reply to: Where are the Monarchs? #41583

    EddieCG
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    After reading Jacqui’s post, went off today and bought wasp spray and grease-bands. While applying a band to one of my mature swan plants, there clinging to a Libertia leaf below was a HUGE caterpillar! Just one. So I swiftly created it a home, and it is now sitting on my breakfast bar. It has a swan plant twig, and a hazel twig, as I think it might be looking for somewhere to pupate. Any advice? (So excited!!!). All I need is to find another, and hopefully have a breeding pair. But no sign of any more on my plants.

    in reply to: Where are the Monarchs? #41567

    EddieCG
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    Logged on today, frustrated at lack of babies! I have Monarch butterflies visiting my 2 mature swan plants, but no sign of babies. Leaves are mostly intact. Have only twice seen 2 butterflies at the same time, so is it a lack of males or females? Not so many paper wasps this year, no aphids on the plants. So why no babies? I am in Bayview, Auckland. Two years ago had a successful crop of about 20 butterflies, last year nothing, and so far this year, nothing.

    in reply to: Tornado Survivors! #27616

    EddieCG
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    Well, my babies have flown the nest, so to speak. I was getting worried, as they were getting blacker and blacker (I’m very new to this game). On Sunday when I checked, the first to turn into a chrysalis had gone, just the empty case to show where he had been. Then on Wednesday, I found the second one hanging from his case, wings already open. Watched during a windy day, but he just moved onto the leaf. Yesterday was wet and windy, so he just moved to another leaf. Today the sun has at last come out, and he is gone. Bon voyage!

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