Fran82_NZ

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  • in reply to: Help needed to help the Monarchs through winter #44589

    Fran82_NZ
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    Hey Jacqui, I appreciate all your advice and guidance to help me look after the caterpillars and butterflies. I’ve adopted the freezer method for putting the less fortunate ones to sleep then I bury them under/around the swan plants – I want to try and not “waste” anything in this lovely cyclic process, it all goes back into mother nature.
    I’m hoping you can help me with another question I have, this time regarding butterfly wing surgery and how to keep/preserve the good, spare wings for use. I’ve watched 2 videos now about doing the procedure and I feel brave enough to attempt this if I watch and follow along with a video as guidance but I’m just wondering, how do you suggest keeping the replacement wings? Have you ever attempted this yourself? 🙂

    in reply to: Help needed to help the Monarchs through winter #44541

    Fran82_NZ
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    Hi again. I should have probably asked this earlier but can you suggest a humane way to help the butterflies out. Or do we just let them die in their on their own? One of the two I have inside is really not looking good his wings won’t open they are so badly crumpled and he’s trying so hard to fly but just ends up on the plastic bag covering the area. Could you suggest what you do in these instances. Thank you, Fran

    in reply to: Help needed to help the Monarchs through winter #44538

    Fran82_NZ
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    Thank you for the info Jacqui, that’s really good to know what the fluid is. The 2 had both hatched when I found them crumpled in a heap in the grass but I guess the fluid can still remain on their wings for hours, thankfully that has stopped now & they are hanging here in the warmth of the living room. I just hope they can fully extend & open their wings in the next day or 2. We do what we can to help them though

    in reply to: Help needed to help the Monarchs through winter #44529

    Fran82_NZ
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    Hiya Jacqui, thank you for that tip with the bags. I’ve just been out to check on my residents and found 2 newly hatched butterflies all crumpled up in the grass. So sad but I got them inside and they are both hanging from a branch I’ve put in a box for them. One is dripping a lot of dye.. I’ve never seen this before so I hope this is normal. Either that or its blood. Have you seen this happen before. The more I can learn the better. It’s just sad to see, it’s just too cold, wet & the windy for them and they struggle to survive .

    in reply to: Help needed to help the Monarchs through winter #44503

    Fran82_NZ
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    Thank you for that Caryl. They really aren’t the brightest of creatures are they haha but I will certainly remember to use a protection/cover over the top of the vase. I’ll likely use some old curtain netting which I have, it’ll make for a soft landing 🙂

    in reply to: Help needed to help the Monarchs through winter #44484

    Fran82_NZ
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    Hiya Caryl and Jacqui, great to get your messages with some awesome advice and suggestions. Ok I will definitely keep the castle inside then so it doesn’t get taken away by the wind. I can’t get my head around how you had 930, that’s incredible!! 🙂 I’ve counted approx. 8 or 9 chrysalises on my swan plants, nothing on yours though haha.
    Can I just ask – when you move your chrysalises into the castle, what are they attached to? Mine are attached to the stalks of the swan plans so would need to cut the stalks from the plant and place them inside the castle. I suppose that is alright to do as I’d never remove/pull the chrysalis from their white sticky “attachment” (sorry I don’t know it’s correct name).
    Thank you Jacqui for letting me know about the feeding and how the hatched butterflies don’t require for the first 24hours. I’ll be sure to get them outside in the daytime sun and fresh air so they can get familiar with their natural environment 🙂

    in reply to: Help needed to help the Monarchs through winter #44478

    Fran82_NZ
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    Hiya Jacqui,

    Thank you for your reply, I appreciate you taking time to help me. Yes I’ve had a browse through as much as I’ve had time to this afternoon and found out about feeding honey water and where it helps to keep them. I actually discovered the caterpillar castles yesterday on Trademe! 🙂 I’m going to purchase one too! They are so neat, I’ve never actually seen them before and it’s just the thing I was looking for to help “house” the butterflies. I was just wondering though, is it ok to put a couple of butterflies into the Large one instead of the Jumbo. I don’t have a whole lot of room and I will likely tuck it down the side of the house out of the wind and rain once they’ve first hatched.
    Thank you so much Jacqui, Fran

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