Matt

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  • in reply to: Dying caterpillars #23450

    Matt
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    I had a similar problem late summer last year. I wondered if it was the cooler nights, had spray had drifted from gardens nearby or something in the plant's chemistry had changed. I sprayed my plants with fresh water using a small plastic spray bottle – better than using a fine spray on the hose when the pillars are weak. They came right very quickly so I presumed I had washed something from the surface of the leaves. This dry summer I've often freshened up my plants that way.

    in reply to: Butterfly gardening for beginners #22558

    Matt
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    Of course that's okay, Jacqui!

    in reply to: Survey – just the basics please! #22390

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    Number/species of milkweed plants:6 giant
    Community/suburb:Birkdale, Auckland
    Have you had typical summer weather or describe: No, very windy and changeable. Very wet October/Nov but not much rain since.
    Adult Monarchs (e.g. butterflies) seen around milkweed: 1 every day for the past 10 days
    Larvae/pupae observed: 4 monarchs hatched early October. Currently approx 20 caterpillars in various stages on 5 covered plants.
    Eggs observed: At present approx 15 on one exposed plant.
    Praying mantises: 3 killed today!
    Aphids: single figures on various plants
    Ladybirds: none
    Bees: yes, honey but more bumble
    Wasps: surprisingly few
    Ants: constantly

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