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  • in reply to: How to safely move a chrysalis #34553

    Rebecca
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    Thanks for the reply, I will try that this afternoon. It seems a popular place for my caterpillars to make a chrysalis because I have a few more there at the moment even though it would be particularly cold for them there.

    in reply to: Cats making Js on ground – help please! #34547

    Rebecca
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    I had a caterpillar that was making a chrysalis and got knocked off by my dogs (it was on the edge of a pot). I wasn’t sure what to do but the caterpillar hadn’t started to shed it’s skin yet so I held it up (gently) to where it had originally made it’s white silky dot and miraculously after me sitting there for a while it started to make some more silky white stuff and reattach itself and later made a perfect chrysalis. I was amazed because I thought it wouldn’t work, I felt like I had to try something to help though. It seemed to know what to do when it was hanging back up in that position again.

    I also have less success with my chrysalises when it gets cooler. This year it has been so far so good though 🙂

    in reply to: Admiral caterpillars #31787

    Rebecca
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    I posted earlier the in the thread, and I have two quite large European nettles plants. I haven’t seen any admiral butterflies in Hamilton at all this summer and I have been waiting for them to come to my nettles, but I was wondering if they are the right type? Do I need to get native ones? I have tried growing the smaller native nettle from seed twice, but with no luck. I did everything right and used organic potting mix and everything … not sure why they didn’t grow because I have grown other things from seed successfully this season.

    in reply to: Anybody want Monarch caterpillars Hamilton? #31786

    Rebecca
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    I am in Hamilton and have only just begun to become over-run with caterpillars, I have had alot till now, but the wasps got a few of them. Now, the wasps don’t seem to be around and I have heaps of caterpillars. I have enough food for them for now, but if there is anyone out there in the waikato who may want some I would be happy to pass some of mine along. I will probably get some more plants in the weekend if I can.

    in reply to: Admiral caterpillars #30660

    Rebecca
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    Thanks Pepetuna,

    I live in Te Rapa. Where is the herb shop in Whatawhata? I will probably order some of the U. ferox from Oratia and try to get hold of some of the European Nettle too. As I am kind of in the city I probably don’t have as much room as some others but I thought that I would grow a couple of plants in pots and see how it goes. Do you ever get red admirals? I’m excited to have some admiral caterpillars.

    in reply to: Admiral caterpillars #30654

    Rebecca
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    I have a question from a beginner to nettles and admirals.

    What kind of nettle should I start out with and how much do I need? Where I live (Hamilton) I do see the yellow admirals in summer they aren’t as common as the Monarch though, an I have never seen a red admiral.

    in reply to: Spring #30653

    Rebecca
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    Hi Jacqui,

    I have been to the Plant Place before and brought several plants, it’s where I get all my swan plants actually 🙂

    This spring I am also thinking of planting some nettles – and perhaps growing them in pots. Does anyone know how many I would need. I have no experience of admiral caterpillars at all so it would probably involve some trial and error.

    in reply to: Spring #30649

    Rebecca
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    I’m in Hamilton and I have seen butterflies flying around the garden but no eggs, caterpillars (or wasps) yet. I haven’t had caterpillars since early June. I’m happy that all the monarchs made it through our particularly cold winter. I can’t wait for the new season to start again, I may get a few more swan plants before then too.

    in reply to: Winter Monarch butterflies #30499

    Rebecca
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    Thanks for posting this.

    I had a monarch hatch on saturday and I kept it in overnight and put it outside on sunday because it was sunny with a light breeze. I knew that the weather was going to turn bad though, during the week so I was a bit worried about it. I felt that it would probably know what to do in bad weather like you said. It flew on that day and I hope it found some shelter from the heavy rain and winds that we have had for the last few days though.

    in reply to: Winter survival #30384

    Rebecca
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    Is there anything that can be done to help caterpillars at this time of year? Mine are still outside and have about 12 or so still left some are really small. I’m in Hamilton and it is starting to get really cold especially at night. I have started bringing them inside just at night and putting them in the sun during the day.

    Is there any chance that they would survive to make a chrysalis outside at this time of the year? It has never been very successful for me.

    The caterpillars are doing fine, they just move and grow a bit slower. Some are just starting to get bigger and that’s why I bring them in at night. By the way, my house it pretty cold, no heat pump or anything.

    in reply to: Helping Butterflies with crumpled wings #30090

    Rebecca
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    Hi jenh,

    It’s interesting that you should say that because one flew away on the first day – it must have been able to fly a reasonable distance because I couldn’t find it anywhere.

    The other one I kept inside for a few days and everyday I have taken it outside for some sunshine. It can fly a few metres, and today it must have flown away while it was outside. I didn’t have the heart to euthanise it, and I was expecting it to stay with me for longer.

    in reply to: Helping Butterflies with crumpled wings #30076

    Rebecca
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    Thanks, I’ll remember that. It’s the first time that it’s happened. I am beginning to think that some of my caterpillars might have a disease because I have had a few of them randomly die. They turn dark and then die. I wasn’t sure if it’s because I have moved them into a sheltered area outside but perhaps they don’t get enough sun?

    in reply to: Helping Butterflies with crumpled wings #30069

    Rebecca
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    Thanks for that. It’s a shame that there is nothing I can do to help them. One of the butterflies is tiny though, it came from a caterpillar that made it’s chrysalis too early. The other one is perfectly formed apart from it’s wings. I don’t like the idea of euthanising but I have had to do it once in the past for a butterfly that hatched with completely shrivelled wings from not being able to get out of it’s chrysalis quickly enough.

    in reply to: Too cold? Waikato #30066

    Rebecca
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    I live in Hamilton and the weather has been pretty warm for the last few weeks. We’ve had quite a few autumn caterpillars the last of mine are making chrysalis’s today. Mine have been outside in a sheltered area it probably does get a bit cool in the evening. I think I only have one tiny caterpillar left.

    in reply to: Emerging in bad weather #28813

    Rebecca
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    You were right! It moved by itself. It stayed there for about 12 hours then it must have sensed it wasn’t the right place and returned back to the plant which is quite sheltered from the rain and wind. Thanks 🙂

    in reply to: Emerging in bad weather #28809

    Rebecca
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    The weather has been alot a colder this summer with alot more rain, I have alot less caterpillars than normal but we also have lots of wasps.

    I have a question about caterpillars making their chrysalis in unsheltered places when its raining and with the likelihood or strong wind and stormy weather.

    Today one of my caterpillars chose a very unwise place to make a chrysalis with the incoming stormy weather and rain. It has just started raining tonight, but was fine most of the day.

    Do they need dry conditions to make a successful chrysalis? It hasn’t got to the J stage yet so should I leave it or try to relocate it? I prefer to leave them where they are but if it has a better chance of making it if I move it then I will do my best.

    Any ideas?

    in reply to: Aphids and companion planting #28443

    Rebecca
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    All of my swan plants from last year got killed by aphids! I just had so many and no matter what I did I couldn’t get rid of them and the plants all died in early autumn.

    I hope they don’t come back this year! Thanks for the tip.


    Rebecca
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    I’m from hamilton too and had a monarch laying eggs about 4 weeks ago. Sadly the wasps have come early and they ate most of them but I have two fully grown caterpillars that are almost ready to form their chrysalis.

    They aren’t liking the colder temperature of the last few days so I think that I will move them into shelter. I have more egss though so let me know if you want some. They might be safer with you if you have castles to keep them in. I live in the Te Rapa area.

    milkweed – I have also seen the swan plant in the Waikato Uni carpark – not exactly an ideal place for it. I have always hoped that they don’t wander away from the plant and get run over.

    in reply to: Something is happening to my swan plants #26090

    Rebecca
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    I mean the red ladybugs with black spots.

    in reply to: Something is happening to my swan plants #26044

    Rebecca
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    Thanks Blutterfy – that helps I will try that out this weekend. My plants are also in a sheltered position … perhaps I should move them more into the sun?

    Jaqui – on one of my plants there is a brown barnacle thing – I was wondering what it was. We have the blue ladybugs which don’t seem to pay them any attention, I caught some to put on the plants. In the past I have seen the red ones eating them though – perhaps it is only the red ones that eat them?

    in reply to: Something is happening to my swan plants #26023

    Rebecca
    Participant

    Thanks – so the dusty stuff is connected to aphids! I am getting really sick of them destroying my plants. I will click on those links, thanks.

    ETA: I just tried opening the aphid page but my computer wont let me – it’s a bit funny sometimes. I just did a google search and it came up with a few home-made recipes for getting rid of aphids such a water & vegetable oil or putting oil straight onto the plant. Also mixing dishwashing liquid with water and spraying that on. Would any of these methods be unsafe for monarch caterpillars?

    in reply to: Caterpillars need homes, Hamilton #26022

    Rebecca
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    Thanks Dave, I will give some of them away in Hamilton and then if I still have too many I will bring them your way. They are all pretty small at the moment – just hatched really so maybe next weekend they will be bigger and easier to transport. I will give you a text. Cheers.

    in reply to: Caterpillars need homes, Hamilton #25996

    Rebecca
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    Hi Dave,

    I have a large influx again of caterpillars but they are all small at this stage so I will have some more caterpillars if you would like them.

    in reply to: Leaf Rollers and Monarchs #25995

    Rebecca
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    Sorry, for the question but what are leaf-rollers?

    in reply to: Fallen #25946

    Rebecca
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    That’s interesting about the chrysalises that are not hanging and how the butterflies climbed up. I suppose they would have the instinct to hang on something. I recently had a butterfly that had just hatched and I saw it crawling along the concrete it’s wings still not stretched out. I realized that it had fallen from it’s a chrysalis which was up high but still in a sheltered position – perhaps it was knocked by a strong gust of wind? I put it back into a place where it could stretch out it’s wings but they were permanently crinkled everytime I checked it. I left it outside for the day and when I went out in the evening it had gone – perhaps it’s wings streched out eventually or it got eaten by something or it crawled away somewhere else.

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