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  • in reply to: Tag problems?? #59321

    Kiwilass
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    I’ve only tagged about 70 so far (bit late starting) and have only had 2 reports (for the same tag number) -the butterfly was dead.
    From a user point of view I don’t think they are as good as previous years. They seem a tiny bit heavier and less flexible and the glue seems tackier and needs more pressure to affix. I found 1 had dropped off in the area where I release them. I use the tip of a toothpick method to apply the tags and this year I seem to find it a bit trickier to get the toothpick out but that may be age/less manual dexterity and the arthritis in my hands.

    in reply to: More Males than females #59190

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    We are still getting a few eggs in Bucklands Beach, Auckland and waiting on 100 cats and 30 Chrysalis to do their thing. Definitely noticing more males than females eclosing and also noticing more caterpillars not making it to chrysalis

    in reply to: Monarch Population Survey Dec 2019/Jan 2020 #57972

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    Like everyone else we have ants taking eggs and wasps, praying mantis and spiders taking any cats in the garden so we now raise in a large caterpillar castle equivalent.
    Every day I collect eggs and once they hatch the cats are put on cut or potted plants in castle. Released as butterflies. Released 34 so far this season compared to 76 same time last year. But there now seems to be many more eggs and cats so expecting greater total numbers at the end of the season.
    Every sunny day 3-4 butterflies in our garden.
    Have over 100 plants some 2-3 metres so not expecting to have a food shortage at this point. However have noticed more white fly, and mealy bugs on my plants as well as a few aphids (promptly squished as soon as I see them before they can get established!).
    I’m in Bucklands Beach Auckland

    in reply to: SPRING IS SPRUNG CONTEST #57748

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    Most popular in my garden depends on time of year and who’s flowering. Standout is the Montanoa grandiflora (Mexican tree daisy) but also Chrysanthemum, Plum tree, Pittosporum, Swan plant and Tithonia diversifolia (Mexican sunflower)

    in reply to: Taggers 2019 #56884

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    Jacqui I’m tagging in Bucklands Beach. Tag numbers SAC 100-299 issued to me.
    Have released 321 Butterflies this season. Tag numbers 100-202 already used and still have lots of cats and chrysalis so expect to use all my tags.
    Not sure why I’m not coming up in the system as I log them in it.
    Cheers
    Mandy

    in reply to: Taggers 2019 #56718

    Kiwilass
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    Are there any others in Bucklands Beach Auckland 2012?

    in reply to: Keeping an indoor caterpillar nursery #55865

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    well done

    in reply to: Wriggling monarch chrysalis #53917

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    Hi Jacqui
    Sorry for lateness of update
    No he was a chrysalis and I am happy to report that it has eclosed into a beautiful girl and has flown off happily so no idea of what the wriggling was all about. I now have about 40 Chrysalis and haven’t observed any others wriggling. Egg numbers in Bucklands Beach remain low (2-3 day if lucky) but plants looking great and ready for the influx.
    cheers

    in reply to: Late chrysalis #53282

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    Sadly I am noticing more deformed butterflies (if they manage to eclose) at the moment. Happily 90% are ok but certainly the whole life cycle is delayed. Of those who fly away happily I would say half of them are much smaller than normal.

    in reply to: Grossly deformed monarch. #53281

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    That’s a shame Gaynor. All that work to transform. Sadly happens to us all.Hopefully you have some healthy Chrysalises ready to eclose soon?

    in reply to: Sterile buddleia #53208

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    Hi Joe
    Unfortunately I can’t help you but if you do find any would appreciate you sharing the information so I too can acquire.
    cheers
    Mandy

    in reply to: Concerning gender ratio of Monarch butterflies #53133

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    Forgot to add that this year I have had some very small butterflies that seem just as healthy as the big ones. All reared in the same place.

    in reply to: Concerning gender ratio of Monarch butterflies #53132

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    Hi Blake
    I’m in Auckland and have noticed similar to you.
    All my cats and chrysalis are outside but most are protected from weather extremes as most of them are in “monarch mansion’ on my deck under cover protected from westerlies and southerlies.
    Early on I had a fairly even ratio of butterflies – about 150 in total then in late Jan and February very few butterflies and eggs – I even had some kind folks in CHCH courier me up some eggs.
    Since Late March/ beginning of April I’ve had 50 eclose and the majority seem to be male although I have noticed more females in the last week or so. Still have lots of cats and 50+ chrysalis’ so hoping for lots of girls to overwinter.
    cheers
    Mandy

    in reply to: All wings bent over to the right. #53099

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    I have ants throughout my garden Rob and have found that they certainly eat eggs, small cats, soft chrysalis, and even a newly emerged butterfly I had put on some salvia.
    I found the best way to manage them was to pick the small branches with eggs on, put them in a vase and put the vase in a moat (big pot plant saucer filled with water). As soon as the cats get to about 1cm I put them in my netted area on plants and they do well. Am absolutely thrilled to have tagged almost 50 and have another 50 chrysalises and still a lot of cats of various sizes.

    in reply to: Where have they come from? #53067

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    Thanks Jacqui. Most of my plants are growing against fences or other plants so will try to do a few stand alone ones in separate pots next year and try this. Currently I pick the branches with eggs put them in a vase and have the vase sit in a moat. Seems to work ok but may be better to have a few separate egg collecting plants somewhere.

    in reply to: Where have they come from? #53049

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    I have lots of plants and a real problem with ants beating me to the eggs so every day I go out and check my plants at least once but often morning and night. All my plants are in my back yard and not accessible from the road. I collect the eggs and grow them up in my “monarch mansion” so I have some to tag – first year of doing so- very exciting! 40 so far this season.
    I currently have 50 chrysalis waiting to eclose and another 50 cats fattening up in monarch mansion (netted away from praying mantis etc)
    What intrigues me is that almost every day I find at least 1 and often 5+ cats on my plants and some of them are huge and ready to Chrysalise. I don’t understand how they escape my searches but they do. Am assuming they go somewhere else to change to next instar and I just find them when they come back.

    in reply to: Fewer butterflies this season #52827

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    I’m in Bucklands Beach Auckland and all my previous comment relate to that address.
    Have been going to see a friend in Pauanui a few times recently – seems to be heaps there so I bought some home to my plants as they were running out of food. Had 20 eclose and fly away in the last week.

    in reply to: Fewer butterflies this season #52784

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    I have found the same thing Miranda.
    I had a number of eggs sent up from Christchurch. Those that did well and hatched en route survived and have gone on to become butterflies but not many of the other eggs did anything.
    I am actively egg hunting whenever I see a female near my plants and have beaten the ants and ladybirds to quite a few but they certainly are not all hatching like they have in previous years.

    in reply to: log sheet for tagging #52738

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    Hi Lea
    If you go to the right hand of the page where it says welcome Lea Craddock you will see Dashboard, Profile and Research. Click on Research and you will see a tag butterfly heading – click on that and away you go.
    Hope this is what you are looking for

    in reply to: Buddleia – where do I get plants from? #51922

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    Does anyone in Auckland have any buddleia I could take cuttings from or maybe seed. Or know where I can buy some from? None at Kings or Palmers. Only ones on trade me are in Canterbury.
    Thanks
    Mandy

    in reply to: Too many caterpillars/not enough swan plant #51753

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    Happy New Year everyone
    I’m in Auckland – Bucklands Beach and have lots of swan plants if anyone out east has hungry cats. My plants are covered (old net curtains)to keep wasps out so my cats are thriving but ants continue to beat me to most of the eggs, hence spare capacity 🙂
    ph 0274572640
    cheers
    Mandy

    in reply to: Too many caterpillars/not enough swan plant #50188

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    Hi Jacqui
    Just letting you know that I have picked up 50+ cats from Kings botany. As I was doing so there was a butterfly laying so will go back in a couple of weeks and see if they have more
    Kiwilass

    in reply to: Too many caterpillars/not enough swan plant #50123

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    I am in Bucklands Beach Auckland and have plenty of plants if anyone needs some food for cats or wants me to take some cats.
    Have had over 100 chrysalis hatch this season. Very exciting! Mandy@workwise.co.nz

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