snufflesnz

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  • snufflesnz
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    Hi adcat, I tie cotton round the cremaster (black bit that they glue to the silk) and then secure it to a branch. I have had about 40 successful butterflies this season, by tying cotton round the cremaster, that either failed to attach themselves to the silk or were eaten off a plant by other caterpillars.

    Sara.

    in reply to: release #16225

    snufflesnz
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    I put mine on plants underneath my woodshed so they keep dry but can sense the weather is awful. If they don’t get a chance to fly away, I bring them in the house to feed at night and put them in my shade house overnight, then they go back underneath the woodshed the next morning.

    Sara.

    in reply to: The Impact of Painted Apple Moth Spraying #16206

    snufflesnz
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    I think they used Foray 48B, which was banned in the UK.

    in reply to: Tagging #16199

    snufflesnz
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    Well if the Whitford one is Whitford near Manukau, I can go and see that one, take photographs and some binoculars with me, do you have details for that one?

    Sara.

    in reply to: Tagging #16197

    snufflesnz
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    That’s excellent news Jacqui, can you give me the details of the cluster in Napier, we have family in that area.

    Thanks.
    Sara.

    in reply to: The Impact of Painted Apple Moth Spraying #16196

    snufflesnz
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    When I first moved to Avondale (just outside the spray zone) 3 years ago, there was very little insect or spider life, but slowly we are seeing more and more insect and spiders. I didn’t see any monarchs when I first moved here but I have raised over 250 this season and not a day goes by without me seeing a monarch flying round the area and surroudning suburbs.

    in reply to: Tagging #16191

    snufflesnz
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    I’m tagging approximately 12 new butterflies a day at the moment, about an even number of males and females. All of them so far have been strong and healthy, the only casualities are a couple that have fallen from their chrysalis and haven’t managed to grab hold of anything and I haven’t been there to help.

    I have been on hand most of the time to check they are all ok and if they don’t manage to fly off, they go into my greenhouse overnight and usually fly off the next morning. The casualities are brought into the house at night and fed and put out in the sun during the day.

    I’ve seen a few of my butterflies on my neighbours large orange tree during the day and they also fly round the garden, a few of them have even come to say hello and land on mine or my partner’s hand. I’m not sure how many of them go on the orange tree, but is there a chance they could overwinter there, or will they be hanging round because the weather has been warm and sunny?

    Sara.

    in reply to: Anyone in Johnsonville/Paparangi? #16113

    snufflesnz
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    If nobody is available locally to give him any caterpillars, what about sending him some chrysali? Is there a safe way to send them?

    Sara.

    in reply to: Pupation #16091

    snufflesnz
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    Great to meet you too Jacqui and many thanks for the swan plants, some will be used as food for the caterpillars I have left and the rest will be planted out.

    in reply to: Pupation #16082

    snufflesnz
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    The one on my garage door and some others are hanging straight and have died. I’m not too worried as there are still plenty of healthy ones sucessfully making it to a pupa. I have over 200 chrysalis at the moment and the butterflies emerging are all healthy.

    in reply to: Pupation #16069

    snufflesnz
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    Thanks for your replies.

    The caterpillars haven’t made a silk, they are hanging upsidedown by four of their back legs. I know sometimes the silk can be hard to see, but there really is no silk there. I have one on my garage door and it has been hanging there for about 30 hours and I’m pretty sure it is dead now. Another one started to shed it skin but couldn’t get it off, it struggled for ages but to no avail.

    in reply to: Pupation #16066

    snufflesnz
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    I meant to say at the beginning, I have had quite a few caterpillars that were in J’s, fall off the plants.

    in reply to: Caterpillars need new home #16053

    snufflesnz
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    Thanks for taking another 50 caterpillars Beverley. I have about 150 caterpillars left so I’m still buying swan plants for them (40 so far this week!)

    in reply to: Caterpillars need new home #16035

    snufflesnz
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    They’ve demolished those and this morning I have bought another 8 plants. I will be giving you a call Beverley tomorrow morning if that’s still ok.

    Sara.

    in reply to: Caterpillars need new home #16028

    snufflesnz
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    Thanks Jacqui, much appreciated, I have just bought another 8 plants so I will see how I go with those. I will let you know.

    Sara.

    in reply to: Caterpillars need new home #16023

    snufflesnz
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    Thanks Beverley.

    I went out and bought 10 new swan plants, but they’ve munched the lot!!

    Does anybody know where I can get decent sized swan plants from?

    Sara.

    in reply to: Caterpillars need new home #16019

    snufflesnz
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    I still have more caterpillars to spare. If anyone can take them, it would be much appreciated.

    Thanks.
    Sara.

    in reply to: Caterpillars need new home #16007

    snufflesnz
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    Beverley very kindly took approximately 50 caterpillars for me. Thanks Beverley (I hope I spelt your name correctly). It was lovely to meet you.

    Sara.

    in reply to: Ants #15977

    snufflesnz
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    I have only ever known ants to attack a dead chrysalis, maybe it is a certain type of ant that attacks healthy ones?

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