Vicki B

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  • in reply to: Tagging publicity #56684

    Vicki B
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    I did post Janelle’s post on my local community facebook page, and got a reply from a near neighbour who is also tagging 🙂

    in reply to: Tagging publicity #56534

    Vicki B
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    Thanks for posting this topic. I have copied Janelle’s post and will put it on my Community Facebook page and on Neighbourly. Great way to spread the word about tagging, and maybe get more interest in helping Monarchs thrive in NZ, I think 🙂

    in reply to: Feeding cuttings to Caterpillars #50632

    Vicki B
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    I always feed my cats on cuttings. I bring the eggs inside on their leaves,and keep them in a damp paper-towel lined plastic container until they reach a size where they can climb onto stems. (I replace the leaves and paper towels with fresh ones as they go.
    When the cats are big enough, I pick stems off the plants with about 5-6 leaves on them, make a few holes in the stem, and stick them into a jar with fresh water and glass pebbles, which holds the cuttings up. I cover the jar with plastic wrap and poke holes in it to stick the stems through, thus keeping the crass out of the jar. I like to raise my cats inside,where no predators can get at them, and they seem to do very well on the whole.

    in reply to: What to do with sprayed plants #49881

    Vicki B
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    I am happy to report that today I released 3 butterflies which had been poisoned by the new plants. The fourth chrysalid is yet to come out, as it went on feeding and feeding (from older plants I had) for much longer than the other three,but eventually formed a chrysalis. I successfully tagged the three I released, and will do so with the next one. Will wait for a few days more before I let any butterflies onto those sprayed plants, which have now been out, in the pouring rain, most of the time, for a little over three weeks.

    in reply to: just saw an egg hatch :) #49878

    Vicki B
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    Wow, Jacqui, thanks so much for posting that video!! That was amazing, and I love the music you set it to!! Fascinating creatures, these monarchs.

    in reply to: Horrifying sight: Wasp attacked a butterfly #49793

    Vicki B
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    You are so right, Jacqui! That’s why I raise my cats inside.

    in reply to: What to do with sprayed plants #49792

    Vicki B
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    I had the same thing happen to me when I bought bundled seedlings from Awapuni Nurseries. My cats didn’t actually die,but were very sick with diahhorea for a day or day and a half. I looked on their website, and saw that they recommend withholding the plants for two weeks after planting out so no cats can get to them. I emailed them suggesting that they put this info on the tags that come with the bundles of seedlings. Have heard nothing back. Happy to say that 5 out of 6 of my cats are now crysalids (One fell off the attachment it had to a little branch of the plant, and broke on the floor, and another failed to thrive. I raise all my cats inside, bringing in leaves and sprigs and keeping them in a “cage” which I made out of a $2 shop “hamper”, and some screening material and attached a zip in. Sorry to hear of your loss, hwood.


    Vicki B
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    Hi, Jacqui,
    I was very pleased to see that you have known chrysalids to stay in that form for two weeks or more before emerging as butterflies. I was amazed to find that a chrysalis I have had since 8 April, raised inside, and one which was very pale in colour until this morning, has emerged as a beautiful butterfly, inside, in Kapiti tonight. That was three weeks! I thought it must have died, but it was a much darker colour this morning, and I’m thrilled! I will keep it inside overnight and probably put the “cage” outside tomorrow afternoon.

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