Wasps attacking newly emerged butterflies

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  • #42208

    edinlass
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    Hello Everyone,
    Last week i went out to check on one of my chrysalis which was due to hatch soon … as nothing was happening i went inside and decided to check again in 5 minutes or so. When i went back out i could see the empty chrysalis shell but no butterfly? I thought it must have fell and looked down to see where it was ~ on the ground i found it trying to crawl back up the plant … and then i noticed that one of the wings was badly damaged and that the end of its abdomen was injured and liquid was seeping out … i lifted it gently into my hand and knew there was nothing i could do to help the poor thing ~ in the end i had to make the decision to end his suffering. It upset me greatly and i was so unsure what had happened …
    Sadly the next day i found out … i was standing at my kitchen window watching the butterflies flying around on my mature swan plants, and enjoying the nectar from the flowers, and watching again intently as i had another chrysalis ready to hatch … out came the butterfly and within a couple of seconds i noticed a large wasp arrive and literally grab onto the butterflies abdomen! I ran out the door and scared it away, but not before the damage had been done. The abdomen had a small tear and was leaking slightly … i brought the butterfly indoors and he hung from oneof my houseplants and the wings dropped and hardened successfully … he survived the ordeal and flew a few hours later.
    Since these attacks i have brought all remain chrysalis indoors …
    This story is upsetting and i have never witnessed anything like this in the years i have been raising monarchs … I wanted to bring it to everyones attention and to find out if others have this problem ?

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  • #42233

    edinlass
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    Hello Jacqui

    I am in Gisborne ~ i have been helping Monarch Butterflies for nearly ten years and i had never witnessed anything like this before in all that time. The attack was quick and if i had not been there to stop it, the butterfly would surely have died. I felt that other members should know about this threat.

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    clinton9
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    I think wasps attacking butterflies, were either Common wasps or German wasps. They often catch butterflies & moths & blowflies in midair.

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    Shirls
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    I had the same thing happen over the weekend. I have never seen wasps attack a butterfly; and the bugger had no excuse with plenty of fat cats right on the plant too!

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    Jacqui
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    Edinlass, whereabouts are you? I’ve never heard of anything like this happening before.

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    clinton9
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    Large wasp = Common wasp ? German wasp ? Asian Paper wasp ?

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