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  • in reply to: Monarch Population Survey Dec 2019/Jan 2020 #57961

    tuttifruttimum
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    Here in Lincoln, my season started earlier than in past years with eggs laid on my swan plants in early December and eclosing between 8th and 14th. Totally eaten out of swan plants. About 30 healthy Monarchs flew off. I did not use a castle at all and let nature take it’s course but did keep my cat away from newbie butterflies. About 3 deformed found which I destroyed. Great to see a red and yellow admiral on the flowering hedges.

    in reply to: SPRING IS SPRUNG CONTEST #57775

    tuttifruttimum
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    Great to see the Monarchs loving our Copper Sheens (Leptospermum Coppersheen – Shiny Tea Tree) when they are in flower. Of course they have competition from the bees, but great to see the orange hues of the butterflies against the rich dark leaves.

    in reply to: First eggs today #53768

    tuttifruttimum
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    Wow eggs already! Seen my first Monarch yesterday down here in Lincoln. My plants are far too immature for an onslaught. He/she didn’t go near my plants (those growing in the garden), maybe they were on the search for a mate or food….
    Anyway it spurred me on to pot up my plants that survived the frosts.
    Visited the Liffey reserve a few weeks back, where the Monarchs overwinter and seen quite a number circling high up in the canopy of the eucalypts (which were in flower). Wondering if any of my tagged boys and girls survived.

    in reply to: Life in the swan plant patch #52663

    tuttifruttimum
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    I watched a video on Youtube where an aphid so annoyed a cat whilst in its “J” that the poor cat died. I haven’t seen any aphids in my swan plants, I think they are too busy sucking the life out of my vegie patch.

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