Overwintering Monarchs, Taupo

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  • #39451

    Jacqui
    Keymaster

    Species: Monarch
    City: Taupo
    Suburb: Hilltop
    Site: RESERVE
    Address: Taharepa Reserve, Hilltop, Taupo 3330, New Zealand
    Latitude: -38.6993435
    Longitude: 176.0864076
    Postcode: 3330
    Weather: SUNNY/WARM
    Trees: CONIFER TREES 3 LGE
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    Condition: unknown
    Abundance: 100 to 1000

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    mcbrichardson
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    We have a good collection of Monarchs that number 100+ in April and then reduce over time with the frosts we get in Taupo. Unfortunately a large tree they like to sit on during winter may be getting the chop soon. If there is anyone in Taupo who has experience with providing transition habitat or shelter to Monarchs to ease them onto some of the other trees, that would be really useful for us. We don’t know if they can move between trees as required, or have a particular reason for staying with the biggest conifer generation after generation (obviously gives them the best shelter but not sure if there are other things we need to consider).

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    Jacqui
    Keymaster

    I have asked her to keep an eye on it. There is talk of Monarchs “meeting up” and then all taking off together to their final overwintering site, so this might be what’s happened here. If only they could tell us where they’re going!

    #39468

    milkweed
    Participant

    I’m surprised monarch butterfly’s can survive a Taupo winter knowing how cold it does get there in the winter. Does anyone from that area know if they survive all the way through to September without freezing to death?

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