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  • in reply to: Monarch caterpillars, Christchurch, disease? #44347

    linae
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    Yes sounds like a tummy upset. What I do is segregate them in individual small containers on a leaf on a tissue in the container. They will either come right or they won’t recover. But isolate each one. I’ve had one or two that has done that but I caught them early and a couple days later they’re back to moving about in the container looking for food – and only then I return them with the rest of the group….

    in reply to: a very beautiful large male Monarch to give away #44346

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    Hi if the weather is cold from experience, the butterfly won’t move far as its conserving energy and will just hang and wait until the weather warms up. I would keep it in a sheltered area where it’s warmer and when it gets warmer it will eventually fly away. But just keep an eye on it.

    in reply to: Caterpillars needing rehomed in Christchurch #44284

    linae
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    Hi Rachel, once they get fat, they can strip a plant in almost a day ! That happened to me when I had about 15 on one plant and 10 on another – lucky I had plants in reserve and had to move the little darlings onto another plant the next morning before I went to work – and you can’t rush them when moving from one plant to another !! No probs any time Tks Lina

    in reply to: Replacing wings #44282

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    Hi how do you replace wings – I’m courteous as this is my first year raising monarch caterpillars and I had 2 with damaged wings from falling when hatched Tks Lina

    in reply to: Caterpillars needing rehomed in Christchurch #44281

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    Hi I have 2 large swan plants you can have as they’re left overs and now my 27 caterpillars have gone into chrysalis stage. Ring or txt me 021 2600 956 Tks Lina


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    Hi Jacqui, unfortunately the J caterpillar died – he felt soft/spongy almost like there was fluid inside – of course no movement. I don’t take kindly loosing one of my caterpillars – it would be good if anyone knows why this happens now and then ? Was it something he’s eaten, picked up a disease or what ? If anyone can help would be great, tks


    linae
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    Hi Chrisalis, thanks for that advise…. yes I’ve sorted that one out already by dangling a frayed nylon string beside it so the butterflies can grasp onto it when hatching & I haven’t had one fall since then. Another instance where I had to rehang a chrysalis – I used a glue gun – I dabbed an amount of hot glue onto a wooden chop stick and gently put the chop stick with the glue onto the top of the chrysalis, let it cool and put it in a safe area like over a bowl so it can dangle until it hatches.

    And Jacqui – thank you for your kind words – yes, I’m so pleased with myself of what I have done so far. Since posting my first forum, I had another 5 butterflies that I released to the butterfly world ! It’s so rewarding…… my husband thinks I’m crazy !

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