Teresa G

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  • in reply to: Where are the Monarchs? #41570

    Teresa G
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    I have had many butterflies, sometimes three or four at the same time. I have one huge swan plant plus two other mature plants and many, many smaller plants in pots. I notice the butterflies seem more attracted to those plants which are flowering. I live in Browns Bay, I now have a lot of caterpilla at various stages of growth, there are a few paper wasps about but I cannot get over how many cats are thriving on the very large plant. Usually only a few survive. I did notice a couple of shield bugs on a smaller plant along with a dead cat.
    Initially I saw very few eggs but they must have been well hidden as I certainly have lots of babies now. Hope that soon that will happen for others – the wait seems interminable.

    in reply to: Where are the Monarchs? #41472

    Teresa G
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    At long last we have a lot of Monarchs in the garden, I have been moving the eggs and caterpillars to safe locations but unfortunately several died in my castle. I wonder if it got too hot, I have relocated it into a shady spot which only gets the morning sun. The plants in the castle are those raised by me and have never been sprayed etc. We have seen a few Asian wasps around my very large swan plant but we are inundated by ants on the potted plants this year, something we did not have to worry about previously. tomorrow we are going to hunt for the paper wasps nests. I have about twenty new swan plants potted up, they were growing next to my garden bins and surprisingly had lots of babies on then even though they were close to the ground and hidden away.

    in reply to: No monarchs seen yet #41064

    Teresa G
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    Female monarch busy in my garden now laying eggs. Three hatched during the week and immediately flew away, perhaps one has returned. She looks lovely and healthy. Located several more chrysalis yesterday so perhaps this is the start of many sightings.

    in reply to: No monarchs seen yet #41038

    Teresa G
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    Two hatched this morning, hope the rain stays away for a few hours to let them dry out, however it is very windy up here again todsy. We are high on one of the many hills around the Bays so really catch the westerlies,

    in reply to: No monarchs seen yet #40987

    Teresa G
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    I have not seen any butterflies in Browns Bay for weeks but I have four crysalis and several caterpillars. Let’s hope the weather improves soon, my plants are looking strong and heakthy but I have noticed a few Asain Paper Wasps – we have destroyed six of their little hanging nests so far this spring.

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