YvonneWallis

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    Well Hubby, when working high on boat, noticed the neighbour had what looked like a Ragwort..on closer inspection it was and the back neighbour has Groundsel down our side of the drive again. So yesterday afternoon after seeing this I went to talk to both neighbours. I have dig up the Ragwort and collected half the Groundsel. Now the latter although looks healthy and unsprayed has grown on ground that has been sprayed and I suspect this may be in plants as no sign of caterpillars or eggs as yet and not even the pesky rust flies on them..although a couple of the rust spots. I am thinking I will use the Ragwort but the Groundsel will be unsafe but away from them flying to it just encase as would hate for them to use it and get sprayed again. I have roughly planted in my barn complex and if nothing else should seed down but may be ok for the next generation after this perhaps ?


    YvonneWallis
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    ah..ok..Thank you Norm..was thinking that may be the case.They are still eggs at the moment .. 86 of them..was thinking the groundsel I have potted wont be enough but will die back if not eaten so want it to be used. I have a lovely older Ragwort as well, which of course has more food. I may take most when hatched straight down to Ragwort ( the eggs are on the enclosure) and just leave a few for the Groundsel.. might see if I can divide a little clump off the Ragwort to get into enclosure so taking them down to main plant easier. Thanks again.

    in reply to: Warning! careful where you buy swan plants #51421

    YvonneWallis
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    probably about 9 years and very particular around here with hands not having anything on them and I don’t even let people use spray in the far away toilets so I can’t think of anything else it would be


    YvonneWallis
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    AH..thank you..I was worried if it was UV protected t wouldn’t let the UV through even though the mesh I have lets 90% light through and the reinforced plastic I thought I could get if I am short lets 85% through, and not sure on the old sheets of polyester with a UV inhibitor ( similar to see through novalite) sounds like it should be ok then SWEET! Does it let UV through and don’t the butterflies nee the UV in sight???

    Thanks
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    Yvonne

    in reply to: Building an enclosure #44263

    YvonneWallis
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    Thanks for that Norm,
    Now for the other part of my question..If my covering is a plastic or a polycarbonate that is UV protected does that still let UV through it as I read that butterflies need uv for sight? My purpose if to have the feed plants and to keep some adults to breed in there where it is safe and release when eggs are laid but may keep a couple adults of each in there..it will be trial and error..will hopefully have a seperate area to move feed plants in pots so they don’t over egg them.

    Cheers,
    Yvonne

    in reply to: Building an enclosure #44258

    YvonneWallis
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    Hi all,
    I have just posted asking for advice as I too am wanting, and have been wanting to have an enclosure for a very very long time.
    My post I was wanting to know about uv light and also treated timber on structures.

    Cheers,
    Yvonne

    in reply to: TVNZ.Sprays on swan plants killing caterpillars #37622

    YvonneWallis
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    in reply to: TVNZ.Sprays on swan plants killing caterpillars #37539

    YvonneWallis
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    Glad you haven’t had problems in Auckland, I am in Christchurch.
    I have just heard via jacqui Knight, that the news item about the Monarch caterpillars dying will probably be on tv 1 Saturday or Sunday night..I don’t know how much of me will be on it, they have interviewed the secretary of the monarch butterfly Trust, Jacqui Knight, a grower and a scientist so it should be a good informative news item

    in reply to: Butterfly art #31054

    YvonneWallis
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    yes.. I saw the bit about living longer and skimmed the rest..very contradictory..how can they have both things in one article?

    in reply to: Christchurch #30874

    YvonneWallis
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    Out country so they don’t find there way as easy and my plants don’t last the winter so haven’t got any new ones ready. I might have to buy some more.

    in reply to: wasp parasitism- what stages? #30817

    YvonneWallis
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    Oh..thanks for that Norm,
    When I saw the admirals and wasps I jumped to the wrong conclusion as I didn’t know they had this other wasp predator that laid eggs inside 🙁
    Sorry for the misleading information, Joanna

    in reply to: Pre- Butterfly jobs #30816

    YvonneWallis
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    Thank you Char, It is like setting up a banquet of food and nectar and waiting for my guests to arrive. 🙂

    in reply to: wasp parasitism- what stages? #30812

    YvonneWallis
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    When the caterpillar is going into the J to pupate they will sit on the J and it is a good time to be on guard and kill the wasps…they carry on when it is newly formed and soft so you have to keep an eye out..sometimes you will see the chrysalis moving and the nasty little creatures are on there and might have already laid their eggs. If a chrysalis has a small hole in it..like a pin prick size then the wasps have been in it and have came out or coming out so squish it before anymore come out.

    in reply to: Christchurch #30809

    YvonneWallis
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    To early here for any Monarch activity 🙁

    in reply to: Caterpillar castles. #30547

    YvonneWallis
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    Thanks for that Norm

    in reply to: Caterpillar castles. #30545

    YvonneWallis
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    Great to know they can overwinter without feeding. I had the heat pump on 15 degrees at night so they wouldn’t get too cold and would emerge. The trouble is in Christchurch though we do have very cold weather this time of year so I am assuming I can only let them outside on a day that is at least 15 degrees. we have had a nice spell and I did release one yesterday but was thinking if we didn’t have a 15 degree day how to keep them at their happiest inside until warmer days. Also the late ones are quite small..will they still have enough reserves to overwinter without feed?

    in reply to: Caterpillar castles. #30542

    YvonneWallis
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    Hi Jacqui,
    Was hoping to use it for the late caterpillars and butterflies that emerge in winter..I have some emerging now and think perhaps it is too cold to release them outside as they haven’t feed yet..they are always distraught and go to the light of the window but they need light..same problem with the butterfly house attempt. Are you saying I am better not to have them in light and will they feed if they are not?

    in reply to: Caterpillar castles. #30540

    YvonneWallis
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    That’s what I was thinking Jacqui, Was thinking of buying a castle with my subs but..If it is indoors will I have the same problem with the butterflies just going straight to the light side in there ?

    in reply to: spare swan plants, christchurch #30189

    YvonneWallis
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    yes..that’s it ..lol

    in reply to: spare swan plants, christchurch #30187

    YvonneWallis
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    I got the emails thanks Jacqui..was a suprise when I phoned to ask how much and found out they were free 🙂

    in reply to: Need a T-shirt slogan #30180

    YvonneWallis
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    Thanks … keeps the old brain chugging over 🙂

    in reply to: Jacqui on TVNZ 'Good Morning' #30179

    YvonneWallis
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    I thought it was a cough lolly..better than coughing. they say on t.v you should never work with animals and children and the same can be said with butterflies and children 🙂

    in reply to: Jacqui on TVNZ 'Good Morning' #30174

    YvonneWallis
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    ha ha..that wee child had trouble with the tagging, which was a bit of a shame, i assume it is not usually as difficult as that?

    in reply to: Jacqui on TVNZ 'Good Morning' #30171

    YvonneWallis
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    I nice relaxed informative presentation Jacqui..WELL DONE

    in reply to: Need a T-shirt slogan #30170

    YvonneWallis
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    Thanks Jacqui and Char, Maybe they can use some in the future if they like them ..meanwhile I’ll try to think of more. LOL
    Here’s a fun one that plays on words..

    Plant a Swan and get a Monarch.

    I’m a spotter of this globe trotter.

    yeah I am a bit crazy I like puzzle and brain things.( that wasn’t for a t-shirt 🙂 )

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