naTTy65

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  • in reply to: Forest Ringlet Project #49276

    naTTy65
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    I followed a female FR laying on Gahnia sedge at the Arataki Nature reserve Waitakere 5 years ago in February. I collected 3 eggs as soon as they were laid but to my horror each produced a very small wasp about a week later. I could not understand how this could be until I read that similarly related species in Malaysia/Borneo had a parasite that attached to the females ovipositor and more than 90% of eggs were parasitized at laying!!! Maybe you could follow up on this in your research.

    in reply to: Nettles from Oratia #45896

    naTTy65
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    I grow the perennial European nettle which I found in the garden of a flat in Remuera in the 1970s. It does not set seed as it is of one sex but has underground rhizomes which spread and is always in leaf. Its great because it is loved by the Yellow admiral and the Red admiral all year round up here in Auckland and you never have to want for plants..

    in reply to: Wanted orange or other colour than purple Buddleia #45895

    naTTy65
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    I live in Auckland and would love a Buddleia…but they just do not grow…a friend from Christchurch gave me a yellow cutting and it grew to a meter, flowered last summer rather poorly and this year has not grown at all even though it is still alive…I think the winters are not cold enough

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