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  • in reply to: The importance of our tagging and transects, thanks to you #32496

    medusa
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    Sorry Jacqui,  do we members get our tags automatically or must we order them?

    Medusa

    in reply to: Do you have wasps? #31640

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    We were very conciencious about destroying wasp nests and it seemed to have worked (so far) I have seen 2 asian wasps in the last couple of months, ants and mantis are now an issue but my caged caterpillars are doing well, Wish butterflies would stop laying eggs on my cage netting though.

    in reply to: No Monarchs yet. #31463

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    I live in Nelson and have released 28 Monarchs from 12th December to the 17th. I now have two plants which have about 10 eggs on which I now have in a cage as I don’t want to be over-run with too many cats and not enough food. Having a cage means I have an excellent success rate as I can control and protect their development from wasps, ants etc.

     

    in reply to: Swan plants needed in Nelson #31021

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    Thanks Jacqui, I wasn’t worried about the price, it’s the voracious catties that I wasn’t prepared for, a Monarch got into my netted swan plants in the garden when we were out and my plants still need to grow some more but I ended up with a heap of cats!

    in reply to: Yellow Aphid, great article #31004

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    Dave Rippey/Jaqui, I am very interested in the cold tea theory, is that with milk and sugar or plain?

    Seriously, I want to try it and want to do it right to get rid of the damn aphids, they are driving me crazy.

    in reply to: Max length of chrysalis stage #30436

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    If a chrysalis has darkened up and is still showing it’s ‘gold’ spots on the chrysalis does this mean it is still alive and just slowly developing due to lower temperatures? I have a bunch of chrysalis in my garage like this. Grateful for any input.

    in reply to: Useful website – healthy vs unhealthy Monarchs #30410

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    Excellent link Jacqui, a lot clearer than many other sites, thank you. As you say, outstanding photos that really need to be publicised.

    in reply to: Tagging and frost #30382

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    Thank you Pepetuna, unfortunately the frosts have just about wiped out the few nectar plants I had, that is why I thought it easier to drop them off at the tree where they can congregate with the rest of them. The one’s already at the tree were all having a great time in the sunlight on Sunday. I am sharing my lounge and garage with chrysalis and a couple of caterpillars at the moment. I have just found a 1cm caterpillar on an outdoor swan plant and am amazed it has survived the frosts.

    in reply to: Too cold? Waikato #30288

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    Thank you Pepetuna, I’ll give it a go (am in Nelson)

    in reply to: Too cold? Waikato #30278

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    I had moved my chrysalis and caterpillars (on plants) into the garage, we had our first frost this morning and two eggs still managed to hatch in the garage. We are forecast for more frosts but as the butterflies emerge I bring them indoors overnight and warm them up in the mornings before I take them outside, so far this has been successful but that was before the frosts arrived. What are the chances for the rest of my caterpillars getting through? any suggestions on how to improve their chances?

    in reply to: Saving fallen J ing caterpillar or fallen chrysalis #29936

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    It has been windy in Nelson today and one of my ‘J’s fell down, I checked all the advice from you wonderful people and did the ‘cotton bud’ recomendation, I am ecstatic that it looks like it may have worked. Thank you very much, I have learned yet another very important lesson today and my ‘fallen’ J looks like it might make it.

    in reply to: Nelson/Tasman needing caterpillars #29559

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    Gosh, I am in Nelson city and fighting off the butterflies, luckily I have a ‘hatching’ cage so can control how many eggs I have on plants at any time. I will put out one plant for the butterflies to lay on for a short time then put the plant in the cage. If you like, I could leave a plant or two out for a day or so and you could collect it when they have plenty of eggs? Best I can think of :o)

    in reply to: Potted swan plants #29258

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    Thank you Heather,it’s in a biggish pot and the only one out of more than a dozen that has done this, will check tech info, thanks again :o)

    in reply to: Reporting on paper wasp sightings are still needed #29185

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    Pepetuna, I sent an email about the paper wasps on our property but got no acknowledgement that it was even received.

    in reply to: Safe ant killer #28969

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    Thank you Norm, how did you know that it rained everytime I put bait out? LOL I will work on the ‘roof’ aspect of my bait trap.

    in reply to: Safe ant killer #28958

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    Thank you people, I wasn’t sure if borax was safe or not, I have a synthetic pyrethroid insecticide called ‘No ants – ant sand’ but was unsure of it’s safety to the caterpillars when they are on the move.

    in reply to: Metamorphosis – interesting scientific explanation #28710

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    Oh yes, also, why is it that a caterpillar begins to change then stops half way through and appears to just die?

    in reply to: Metamorphosis – interesting scientific explanation #28709

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    Hi Jacqui, is it usual for rather small caterpillars to metamorph? I have found one today that has J’d under a leaf and it is half the size of the normal J’s.

    in reply to: Where are the butterflies? #28691

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    Perpetuna, here in Nelson I have 36 chrysalids and about 14 caterpillars at various stages. They are all in a cage and are this seasons first generation. The butterflies that laid their eggs have disappeared, this lot will be the second generation when they emerge.The butterflies were not happy that I removed their access to the plants but I’d rather successfully have healthy and protected butterflies. The caterpillars have been voracious and I had to cage them to stop any more eggs being laid on my plants. I am thrilled to say I have only lost one chrysalis so far which fell from the roof of the cage as it was in the process of changing from J.
    Also, now that I know what paper wasp nests look like I have successfully found and removed 4 from our property. I discovered last season that ants can be a real problem with plants growing in the garden as opposed to potted plants and our garden is over run with ants.

    in reply to: Seed germination #28515

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    Hi Jacqui, I too had a total failure with my first efforts trying to get the seeds you sent me to germinate. I was trying to do them in pots as I don’t want them growing in the garden proper.
    I’ll go back and try again as my first ‘crop’ of catties are voracious, I’d swear they weren’t so bad last season!

    in reply to: Buddleia cuttings #28247

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    Hi Pepetuna, I am in Nelson, am I too far away?

    in reply to: Winter and how it affects butterflies #27426

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    NormTwigge, thank you for your comments, rest assured I have euthanised (frozen) a few obviously defective butterflies, I don’t believe in letting one suffer but when a butterfly is all bright and perfect, happy to feed and the weather is dreadful I am quite happy to keep them inside until they can have a go at flying away. You are probably right about ‘us humans’ interfering too much but we ‘beginners’ are so enthusiastic and every triumph gives us the confidence to try and be successful with our Monarchs. My last caterpillar has just J’d (thank heavens) I look forward to next years efforts.

    in reply to: Winter and how it affects butterflies #27420

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    I am delighted to report that my ‘lingering’ male has flown away this morning.

    in reply to: Winter and how it affects butterflies #27418

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    But thank you for your input, it’s really appreciated.

    in reply to: Winter and how it affects butterflies #27417

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    Sorry Darren, I have been moving him around to different positions, I have had quite a few who have landed on the ground on their first ‘flight’ attempt, I have picked them up and put them back on the grapevine and they have successfully taken flight on their second attempt. (He reminds me of a teenage son who prefers being fed and fussed over)

    Yesterday I saved an emerger who’s chrysalid had dropped to the ground as it was emerging, I held it under some netting as it’s legs came out, it latched onto netting and when its wings had dried I kept it inside overnight, tagged it this morning and it flew away at midday. I was ecstatic at such a success. (I have had a few including one who had spent the night blown onto concrete in the rain overnight last friday, it flew away on sunday) I had a repeat situation today, and I fully expect my latest ‘house guest’ to fly away tomorrow. I refuse to give up too soon.

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