NO MONARCHS

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    TREVOR
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    NO Monarch butterflies sighted,…NO Caterpilars or eggs on heathy, flowering plants with seed pods, Trevor…..CON TRAILS, maybe????????

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  • #55546

    WendyMcLintock
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    If you are in Christchurch let me know as I have lots of caterpillars but lacking plant.

    #55420

    LeslieD
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    They love the flowers on swan plants + IME they will nectar off a wide range of flowers. The single dahlias and daisies .. I’ve even seen one nectaring on the simple field daisy that grows on an unmowed lawn. there is plenty round for them right now.

    #55419

    VickiB
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    I had a couple of Monarchs visit my large (last season) swan plants in early October, and a few eggs were laid. These pupated and hatched (4, if I remember right) and then I had a great number of eggs laid. The cats stripped my swan plants bare, and a lot have pupated. I bought another 16 plants, about 1metre tall, which fed the remaining cats, and I have counted 75 pupae. My concern now is that I will lack sufficient nectar plants for the butterflies when they emerge, and I have no plants left at all for them to lay any more eggs on. I have bought and planted 24 orange zinnia which are now flowering, but don’t have much else. The red bottlebrush which sustained the Monarchs in spring have finished flowering now.
    Suggestions of what else I can do to provide feed for the butterflies would be appreciated.

    #54837

    kay2
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    and havving written that this afternoon one weather beaten monarch briefly in the garden today

    #54776

    GrahamBourquin
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    No shortage in Mt Roskill, Auckland. Monarchs around swan plants all/every day; 25 caterpillars in castle already. More on plants.

    #54775

    Vanda
    Participant

    Hi Trevor. Whereabouts are you located? Here in Taupō I had an ‘eggsplosion’ a few days before Christmas, with only a handful of eggs in October.

    #54770

    kay2
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    Have not seen a one in waipukurau as yet, dont have any plants this year, still have not seen any out and about anywhere. Last summer season was the opposite, had not seen so many ever.

    #54602

    Jacqui
    Keymaster

    Interesting thought! Can you please make sure that your report is added at http://www.mb.org.nz so it can also be counted ?

    Cheers

    Jacqui

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