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  • in reply to: where are the wasps? #49433

    judi
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    had lazy wasps in October, 1st batch of caterpillars came inside. now theyre safe?devouring the swan plants outside – so, in fact the wasps came early then left…left the preying to the praying mantis – a huge plant full of caterpillars to munch on…heaven…until I spotted it & spoiled all its fun πŸ™

    in reply to: where are the wasps? #49432

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    LeslieD – 15 stings! cant imagine the pain – one only bee sting was my threshold reached..then managed a wasp sting (for comparison..all in the name of science study) Bee hurt more at the time but wasp was longer lasting. as a child mum would wrap chopped onion around it – how bizarre, but it soothed. no horse steroid cream on hand! πŸ™‚ yes,interesting about the weather..maybe the wasps are still wrapped in their merino, as I am in the hills of auckland…judi

    in reply to: Wasp Traps #38378

    judi
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    It’s time for War!
    But I couldn’t make ENOUGH traps! – Im swarming with wasps. Today Im angry & sad. I took in, as it turns out, 45 eggs & cats to save from their systematic annihilation by the wasps. Today was butterfly 2’s day to fly πŸ™‚ She’d enjoyed a few hours drying off in a tree readying for flight . when I returned from down the garden, wasps were attacking her..around her head. they’d eaten along the top edges of her wings. horrifying. then I spotted a wasp in the courtyard trying to attack the bottom tip of a ‘nearly ready’ chrysalis. Seems like nothing’s safe and all back inside. Also this week I saw 2 wasps attacking the back end of a huge praying mantis, eating away at it, ALIVE – I may have wished one ill-will 20 years ago when I discovered my first monarch predator was a mantis but it WAS helping me with all the other unwanted bugs on my vegetables & it was a grim way to go.
    Now where are those plastic bottles – Im off into battle…

    in reply to: Caterpillars fed on Moth/Kapok Plant/not Pupating #38172

    judi
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    Hi Pepetuna
    ‘monarchs wont lay on it’ – As far as I know & have been told, probably because they would die first after touching the flowers for nectar, of the moth plant or ‘cruel plant’ or ‘butterfly killing Plant’. Read about the death that follows, by asphyxiation πŸ™ Butterfly lovers have been urged to get rid of this plant – it may be feeding the caters but it later kills them as a butterfly. Nature knows best – if they dont lay on these plants they are not for them.

    in reply to: Did a butterfly save the miners' lives? #25467

    judi
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    Are you STILL here preaching!… ‘control’ ‘He’ ‘worshippers’ – sounds like youre stuck in the dark ages. All Is One – no need for separation, Creator from Creation. the butterfly is a spiritual symbol showing us what we can become..and in so doing, CAN save a life!

    in reply to: Bible found damp and dined upon #25466

    judi
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    thank you Darren – this IS the Monarch Butterfly NZ Trust. you werent ‘excluding any mention of religion’ but wondering what the story had to do with butterflies…maybe snails nibbling swan plants?!
    Swansong’s attitude is what puts people off religion & gives Christianity a bad name! bigot is the word that sprang to mind πŸ™ thankfully, spirituality doesnt belong to Christians.
    now back to butterflies to put everything in perspective πŸ™‚
    my 1st one flew today – hallelujah! (used here as an expression of joy – the energy of love)

    in reply to: Palmerston North season #25260

    judi
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    Yes, I was amazed at how big the laying b’fly was yesterday flying around me – love hearing the flapping wings πŸ™‚
    how do I know whether its a new season one? – it was in very good condition, not worn out wings with chunks out of them! Cats are thriving outside – they are not on the wasps’ diet list…yet

    in reply to: Spring activity in Thames #25224

    judi
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    in the west, couple of medium cats already but surprised to see wasp this early – last season I had a whole round (eggs to b’flies)go through before the wasps arrived. Usually wasp-free for the first and last round of the season – when theyre busily attacking another part of their menu – yes, grrrrr
    Yesterday, the late-comer b’fly from LAST season was released! at last πŸ™‚ With the new lot starting out, the two seasons have merged…

    in reply to: Mesh Size #25197

    judi
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    hi Swansong
    You say ‘What’s the point of that?’ …Its to let the process be as close to nature as possible. How long is a ‘short amount of time’? sorry, but I just had visions of what Ive seen…summer’s day & b’flies flapping against mesh towards the sky trying to fly free – I felt terrible for them. There’s a difference – overwintering/protecting, and (as I saw) restraining them for simply viewing reasons – is that worth more than their freedom? They can be let to fly away in summer when there are more hatching out.
    We dont have to ‘display’ – Nature can display to the public, we can educate, starting with a swan plant πŸ™‚
    Blutterfy – thanks for your reply too – I take in hundreds each season – caters that is, to avoid the wasps but I realease the b’flies as soon as hatched, within a couple of days, weather-willing. I was talking about only b’flies being held captive, dont think the cats & chrysalises really care where they are? πŸ™‚ My favourite hanging venue was a large weeping fig inside where I propped the potted swans & they crawled up into the tree to hang – this natural ‘castle’ was a sight – covered in chrysalises!
    I still have one last b’fly from last season as the new lot start munching…& so, the cycle continues πŸ™‚
    Regan – youre on a wonderful project – a ‘short time’ would ensure they dont miss out on what they find in ‘the wild’ – I do wonder what’s lacking for the b’flies in captivity? As for the fish nibbling on something new on their menu – the worst for me was a slug nibbling on one – ugh.
    Bernie – Why is there a need to keep them in summer? to make sure you have all her eggs? I find, in the west, one ‘batch’ gets through before the wasps arrive & another at the end of the season. Mid summer, with swans in pots I move them into a sunny side room of the garage but in the end… its all about having enough food.
    how do you have enough?
    over & out…judi πŸ™‚

    in reply to: F & B survey time again #25182

    judi
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    dont concede!…Now, if those votes start skyrocketing we’ll know youve been pushing that kingie button over & over! πŸ™‚

    in reply to: F & B survey time again #25171

    judi
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    Ah, but does he sing like the joyful wee warbler πŸ™‚
    then again his colours are divine, not grey!
    Memories of Kingfisher in France, traveling the canals on boat – kingfisher sits on bush until boat draws near then hurtles like a bullet ahead, only to wait on another bush til we catch up, then rocket ahead again, like playing a game with us πŸ™‚
    Pook’s still cute in his fierceness- even have a ‘cuddly’ toy of one πŸ™‚

    in reply to: Silk-Worms in New Zealand still? #25163

    judi
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    I think theyre different but the glow worms DO hang by silk threads! i saw the glowing in the daytime but was very shady under all the trees…magic πŸ™‚

    in reply to: Silk-Worms in New Zealand still? #25158

    judi
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    I saw a lot of glowing coming from the banks under trees of a walkway along ‘the pipeline’ pathway – Woodlands Park/Titirangi but that was maybe 7 years ago.

    in reply to: F & B survey time again #25157

    judi
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    Mr aggressive Pook WOULD say ‘you better vote or else’!
    how about voting for the other birds whose babies are attacked by Pook…sorry Pook…’or else’ what? 😎

    in reply to: Mesh Size #25156

    judi
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    how about displaying them in their freedom – flying free! there’s nothing worse than butterflies flapping against mesh trying to get out to the light, trapped. Why do you want to HOLD them? Not just for display surely? πŸ™

    in reply to: Still going! #25019

    judi
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    yes, thank you for your answers, info – apreciated.
    Success – after a warm day they each drank well last night …and today SUN – as I slave away to earn money for their heat pad for their swans, hopefully theyre basking in the sun & will go for a fly…away safely.
    The crinkled one came to gruesome grief :-(…
    I put a potted flowering plant (supposedly old fashioned crysanth (the daisy type) under the swan in the spare room & ‘crinkly’ landed on it thru the day. When feeding last night I noticed a blob on the sponge, then noticed a hole in the b’flies wing OMG! twas a slug from the plant & had eaten a hole in its wing 8-(( I knew it was – slime evidence around the edge – yuk – cruel nature. Needless to say crinkly’s not well at all!

    in reply to: Still going! #25011

    judi
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    hey we have some SUN – so theyre trying to get out the window, but the rain would get them. Came home to find another – that’s 4 butterflies..and being warm theyre slurping away at what appears a watery puddle of nectar – checked many recipes – they vary so muc. I even questioned the mix but got too scientific(so not too thick this time) – maybe these will get through…

    in reply to: Laying eggs elsewhere #25010

    judi
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    thanks jacqui for taking the time to reply when I could have investigated & found that out myself…but FAR more interesting hearing it coming from you πŸ™‚

    in reply to: New butterfly help #24588

    judi
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    Hi charmaine – as Darren said: a heaped teaspoon of honey in half a glass of water, add a drop of soy sauce. soak a thin kitchen sponge (clean & rinsed) I cut a circle of sponge & fitted it inside a plastic lid – easy to hold syrup. place butterfly on & watch it feed – that gives it strength & it will hold onto a stem of swanplant or plant under cover for days if its too cold/wet, til its sunny & warm. πŸ™‚

    in reply to: Artificial nectar recipe #24568

    judi
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    hi Darren
    -thanks for the ‘beetle’ pic – they cant be all bad if they go for the apple moth.. to divert them, think I’d better grow an apple tree now!
    -and really enjoyed your nectar answer..have vision of butterflies carrying wee Ford Measuring Cups & shaking their heads at my brew. I have added the soy – saves on dog poo πŸ™‚
    Shall do the thin sponge method – would any flowering pots I can move under shelter where the butterflies are, have sufficient nectar at this time of year?
    j πŸ™‚

    in reply to: Artificial nectar recipe #24561

    judi
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    oh dear, am I being too scientific? .. but 5% to 10% of a ‘pourable’ & ‘thick syrup’, is how much? & how many drops is ‘weak tea colour’ Maybe it just doesnt matter.
    A sticky butterfly cant be good (when they flap their wings all over the nectar – dont want them to stick together!)
    judi πŸ™‚

    in reply to: Bug to be aware of! #24539

    judi
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    and thanks Jacqui for posting the photos – the 3rd one I have is of the caterpillar dangling in mid air, attached only by the ‘skewer’.
    Oh, another new sight for me – a couple of years ago – a butterfly laying eggs on a frangipani – why?
    so many questions…
    judi πŸ™‚

    in reply to: Bug to be aware of! #24538

    judi
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    Hi Char
    would love to catch up, now that I get a life after the summer obsession on monarch watch! – altho youll have to be prepared for an excited rave, when I talk about them! we can rave together, Im sure I can learn lots from you.
    judi πŸ™‚

    in reply to: Bug to be aware of! #24529

    judi
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    HI Jacqui
    as you suggested 4 weeks ago, have sent my ‘beetle’ pics to you..
    It was amazing to watch..it’s size in comparison & the tricky manoevres. how long ago those sunny days seem!
    (I’m West Auckland) and still have some 20 cats, even more pupae, & butterflies still arriving, tho quite a few casualties in the cold. They rest for days..need pots of flowers to rest them on til that sunny warm day..& to perfect the nectar procedure…

    in reply to: Pupae dying? #24157

    judi
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    hi – Ive had a few like that recently – none through the summer even tho inside (to escape wasps). with mine its because they are cold, even tho under cover, dont move enough being cold, dont eat enough before ‘hanging themselves’. they dont move away from the plant even – just hang wherever they are. dont seem to have the strength to change & the ‘j’ turns into an ‘l’ or their skin splits on their back but they go no further πŸ™ but for every one like that, there are 10’s that make it πŸ™‚ but please not today with THIS weather!
    J

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