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  • in reply to: Admiral butterfly rearing/helping in Hawkes Bay? #61556

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    We generaly have a kahukowhai resident over summer, with others visiting. Don’t see any kahukura tho’. We’re in Haumoana. Just planted ongaonga last spring.

    in reply to: common copper #60890

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    Pepe para riki is reo for common copper. Pepe is butterfly.

    The Maori dictionary has a great page for all things butterfly:

    https://maoridictionary.co.nz/search?idiom=&phrase=&proverb=&loan=&histLoanWords=&keywords=butterfly

    It’s interesting to imagine how the 1st people here perceived the butterflies and moths before so many started to disappear and arrive and before the 1st people’s perspective was influenced by scientific and global understanding.

    in reply to: Beetle eating monarch caterpillar #58182

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    I just found one for 1st time in 10 years sucking juices from a caterpillar in Haumoana. Actually a Brown soldier bug. I don’t lke to kill them as they’re native, but my wife did!

    https://nzacfactsheets.landcareresearch.co.nz/factsheet/InterestingInsects/Brown-soldier-bug—Cermatulus-nasalis.html

    in reply to: Wasps #45759

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    Finally some success in a battle against wasps!

    I have had a number of swan plants in my garden in Haumoana for a number of years. We normally have a good supply of monarchs, caterpillars and paper wasps. I have tried various methods to keep the wasps under control. Last year I downloaded instructions from this website to build my own wasp traps but despite filling them with all sorts of goodies for the wasps, I could never entice any to enter [or at least to enter and submit to the death they deserve [according to people propagating caterpillars]].

    This year I decided to try the wasp traps that you can buy from Mitre 10. There is a fat round variety and also a black insert for a plastic drink bottle variety. I even bought some of the little bait capsules that the store sells to go inside the traps. So I played around with various baits in various positions in the garden and finally a concoction of fruit juice and kiwifruit in the fat round trap produced success: nine wasps [of which 5 paper wasps], and unfortunately four bees and a small pile of flies. I tried again in the same position without the kiwifruit, and got another wasp and two bees.

    Anyway, I just thought others may take heart that if the wasp traps don’t at first succeed, try, try, and try again.

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