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  • in reply to: WHAT WILL IT BE? CONTEST #57888

    Ruthie
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    I would read it to my friend’s children who are just starting to get an appreciation for all the little creatures around them. I know this book would really inspire them to want to learn more about monarch butterflies. Thanks!

    in reply to: SPRING IS SPRUNG CONTEST #57688

    Ruthie
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    It changes throughout the butterfly season – right now forget-me-nots are surprisingly popular in my garden, later roses, buddleia, love-in-the-mist, dahlias, cosmos and echinacea.

    in reply to: Dissolving chrysalises #50159

    Ruthie
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    That’s amazing Leslie – must have been really rewarding to see it successfully form chrysalis! Good to know it can be done, but obviously a very delicate procedure. Will keep what you described in mind for the future when need to move one urgently. Ruth.

    in reply to: Dissolving chrysalises #50151

    Ruthie
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    Thanks for that Caryl – I imagine if the ‘J’ was on a leaf you could cut off & move the whole leaf inside, but what if it hangs up on the wall or ceiling of an outdoor structure where I keep my potted swan plants? Is there a safe way to move the actual ‘J’?

    in reply to: Unstable caterpillars? #49403

    Ruthie
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    Thanks Leslie – that sounds like good advice!
    Yes it does seem to be after I”be manually transferred them that they become unstable.

    in reply to: Unstable caterpillars? #49402

    Ruthie
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    Thanks Jackie – will make sure I don’t handle any in future. I have been dangling new leaves in front of them to transfer to and that’s working fine. Thanks.

    in reply to: Surplus caterpillars in Timaru to giveaway #42111

    Ruthie
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    Thanks to the Forum for a very successful exchange of caterpillars between members in different towns. You may all be interested to know that they do travel well by overnight courier in a well-aerated icecream container, packed with shredded paper and plenty of swan plant leaves : )

    in reply to: Surplus caterpillars in Timaru to giveaway #42089

    Ruthie
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    Thanks, Marie – I’ll text you now.
    Ruth.

    in reply to: Book Review: Flight Behaviour by Barbara Kingsolver #33166

    Ruthie
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    To continue the literary theme, I found a wonderful quote about the butterfly life cycle when I was reading Keri Hulme’s volume of short stories, “Stonefish”.

    The actual story concerned is called “Hatchings” and the quote is as follows:

    “….and this wonder loses its voracious appetite at last, and darkens; in an almost apathetic way, seeks  a suitable twig and begins to spin a weatherproof retreat, pouring out its caterpillarhood into a shelter for its next new self….”

    Ruth.

    in reply to: Book Review: Flight Behaviour by Barbara Kingsolver #33129

    Ruthie
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    Hi Geoff & Jacqui

    Thank you for the tip-off about Barbara Kingsolver’s latest novel, Flight Behaviour.

    I’ve been a fan of her novels for a long time now, but had no idea she’d just put out a new one and especially that it was about monarchs! So far I’ve only read just over 100 pages, but finding it thoroughly engrossing and wish I had more time to get on with it quicker….

    Have also got the real things to entertain me, with 4 butterflies recently hatched, and another 22 chrysalises to look forward to…

    Ruth.


    Ruthie
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    Thanks for that Jacqui,
    since I read your reply I have been providing fresh flowers (jasmine, alstroemeria) and sugar water but hard to tell if it is really taking any in. I noticed it unrolled its proboscis and may have dipped it into sugar solution, but without any real enthusiasm. It seems quite weak. Will continue to offer nectar and see if it responds, but will keep in mind the euthanasia method you suggested if necessary.
    Kind Regards
    Ruth.

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