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  • in reply to: Do caterpillars hide at night? #46310

    smithereen
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    Hi Guishan
    I could take your cats but we are miles apart. I live in Devonport and I see you are in Dannemora.

    in reply to: Do caterpillars hide at night? #46299

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    Hi Jacqui
    I am in Devonport. I have seen plants for sale in our garden centre and hardware and also in Bunnings and Mitre Ten in Glenfield. There is also a private stand selling plants for donation.
    So you think my caterpillars were taken? This morning I found two, one on the plant and one preparing to hang in the usual place. I wont be putting any more out then.
    I have loads of food if anyone needs it. Seems there are no caterpillars surviving in Devonport as every plant I see is devoid. I just loaned a caterpillar castle to a disappointed neighbour who has raised four indoors in her first attempt at monarchs.

    in reply to: Surplus Monarch Caterpillars Mt Eden #45554

    smithereen
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    Oh dear. I could take them but I am in Devonport. Do you belong to Neighbourly? People have been helping each other out via that site in my area.

    in reply to: Help needed to help the Monarchs through winter #44641

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    Hi Everyone
    I live in Devonport and my plant has plenty of caterpillars. I have been trying to save the butterflies but it is not very successful so I have decided to just transfer them when they hatch in the rain or bad weather to my sheltered butterfly castle hanging open under a pergola and let them attempt to fly off when they are ready. I found it too stressful to try to save them all when it often didn’t work. Nice to see them when the wasps aren’t around but I did see bees annoying them and even eating the fallen crumpled ones. It’s tooth and claw out there! It is easy for me to get stressed and obsessive over saving them but it seems to be pointless to interfere too much. So I will leave them to it most of the time. My large bushes are in a sheltered hollow so I have caterpillars all year round. I also get heaps of wasps and they are not on my section but I can’t control the neighbouring gardens. I think this summer I will get a wasp trap and one of those zapping fly swats because it is a good day when I can take out a few wasps!

    in reply to: No monarchs seen yet #41045

    smithereen
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    I have plenty of bees and bumble bees thankfully, on borage etc

    in reply to: No monarchs seen yet #41042

    smithereen
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    I live in Devonport Auckland. I have raised about thirty caterpillars so far and half have flown off but no eggs to be seen. Ive killed a few paper wasps but not many of those around either. I use the butterfly castle when I find little ones or eggs but its a terrible yesr so far. I usually have them all year round in my garden but have huge plants just waiting at present. If anyone needs new homes for their caterpillars I am happy to take them.

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