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  • in reply to: SPRING IS SPRUNG CONTEST #57779

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    Butterflies down here like my Petunias, some of them are purple. They also like dandelions and rhodies.

    in reply to: Lack of butterflies this year, is now the opposite. #55986

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    We are having a brilliant year this year compared to last year, with few butterflies laying many, many eggs around our town in Otago, a great talking point. My New Year’s Day butterflies were laying eggs in different gardens, 3 days after hatching. I tag my butterflies.

    in reply to: eggs cats pupas butterly #55985

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    In the South we do not have those pest problems thank goodness.

    in reply to: Help! #55984

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    When a chrysalis falls undamaged, I tie cotton round the black tip and then tie onto a branch or if chrysalis is still attached to a little bit of leaf, I pin leaf back onto branch.

    in reply to: Caterpillars dying on new plants #55983

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    I have always hosed new plants, washing all the leaves thoroughly and had no problem. Now I grow my own plants with seed saved from previous plants. I also spray my plants with garlic water or citrus water to kill aphids. (Soak citrus skins in hot water, when cold, strain into spray bottle). Good Luck with your next group of caterpillars.

    in reply to: Fewer butterflies this season #52794

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    Six of us here in Palmerston, Otago with established Swan plants have had no butterflies lay eggs this year!? We have had brilliant weather down here too.
    Last year at this time I had about 200+ caterpillars and had 100% hatch rate, all the butterflies flew away.
    We can’t understand it. In all the years I have had Monarchs lay eggs, this year is the worst by far.

    in reply to: Territorial admirals #52729

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    Last year I watched Red Admirals attack Monarch butterflies right in front of me until the Monarch’s wings were torn despite my efforts to get the Admirals to fly away. This year I have no eggs so no Monarchs but there are hundreds of Red Admirals and White Butterflies around – north of Dunedin.

    in reply to: Too many caterpillars, not enough food. #52728

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    Sorry have only noticed your post. Last year I put slices of apple around the base of my completely eaten bushes which several caterpillars ate. 200+ caterpillars/monarchs last year, not one this year and we have had it very hot in the South!

    in reply to: Aphids #51482

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    Thanks Jaqui, I had seen your earlier post so that is what I have done today. I have planted lots of seeds and have many new swan plants growing. Just transplanting them into bigger pots. Have lost count how many which is great.

    in reply to: Aphids #51479

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    I have lost and am losing my mature swan plants to the pesky orange aphids here in Otago especially over the last two months. I squish, spray with garlic, squish, hose… and still the little orange blighters multiply again in a couple of days! Enjoy your time at the Ak Flower Show Jaqui. Lovely to have met you. Isabel, Palmerston


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    I live north of Dunedin, no Monarchs last year but this year from the end of January have been visited by Monarchs resulting in about 160+ caterpillars on my bushes. Encouraged locals to buy Swan plants so I could spread the caterpillars around, in the hope we will see more Monarchs and get them established in the area again. It has caused quite a buzz around the town!

    in reply to: Deformed butterfly? #43322

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    I had one like that and her wings took 5 days to dry & move
    properly before she finally flew away north.

    in reply to: need plants to save our caterpillars #42956

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    Ring around your local Clubs and Garden Club members in the hope of finding plants, that’s what I did.

    in reply to: Release of Monarchs in East Otago #42955

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    Yes tagging Jacqui and now have another 83 (at last count) caterpillars growing fast and I have already given about 4 doz away. I’m encouraging more people to buy swan plants (if they can find them) too grow in our area.

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