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  • in reply to: wanted yellow & red admiral cats auckland #46477

    Anna
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    I’m in the Nelson/Tasman area and have seen Red and yellow Admiral butterflies amongst my nettles in the last few days, so have my fingers crossed that some may have laid fertile eggs.

    in reply to: wondering if anyone has admiral eggs or caterpillars #46258

    Anna
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    I have them at times….hundreds of spare caterpillars but that was in Sept/October/November. Since then there have been both Red and Yellow Butterflies laying eggs, but a lot of the eggs were infertile. I am keeping an eye out for more caterpillars, and if I find some
    I will put a message on the forum here.

    in reply to: wanted yellow & red admiral cats auckland #45426

    Anna
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    I have lots of little Red and Yellow Admirals and am willing to post them as long as you pay me for the post and packaging. They really need to be raised indoors or under some sort of protection. You can get my contact details from Jacqui. Need to be quick though as the wasps are harvesting them from my outside nettles.

    in reply to: Auckland's Pest Management Strategy #45356

    Anna
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    I agree with the member re: Urtica dioica being removed entriely from the list, as since I have had Urtica dioica in my home garden, I have had frequent visits of our native butterfly, the Red Admiral, as well as the Yellow Admiral. The nettle is a great food source for caterpillars that hatch throughout summer.

    in reply to: Any Admirals, either red or yellow. #41642

    Anna
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    Update…Errol called in and now has an assortment of Admiral caterpillars to raise again:)

    in reply to: Incorrect usage of 'ovum' #41582

    Anna
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    Thanks for that Martin.

    in reply to: Any Admirals, either red or yellow. #41580

    Anna
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    Errol…you are welcome to the Admirals in my nettle patch. I think you may have been up here before for some, a year or two ago.
    Over the weekend I will be cutting the nettle plants to about a foot or two to the ground, to stop the seeds maturing….so if you can make it up then, that would be good.
    (By cutting them down, I end up with another flush of fresh growth which is great)
    Im in upper Moutere. Feel free to come and pick your own here…theres all sizes…but bring some gloves:)
    Cheers,
    Anna

    in reply to: Silk-Worms in New Zealand still? #40824

    Anna
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    I have fertile Silkworm eggs but you need to have access to mulberry bushes to successfully raise them. The leaves can be collected and kept in the fridge for several days and the silkworms still do alright.
    I tried just hatched silkworms on the beetroot/dandelion leaves without success nel.magriet:(

    in reply to: Blue Moons in winter #40757

    Anna
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    What an amazing acomplishment Norm. Congratulations on what you have done so far.

    in reply to: Silk-Worms in New Zealand still? #40756

    Anna
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    Clinton…I am in the Nelson/tasman area.

    Nel.magriet ….I have tried the Silkworms on beetroot and dandelion leaves but they refused to eat them even though they had a good look around each leaf. They are now back on mulberry leaves.

    in reply to: Silk-Worms in New Zealand still? #40745

    Anna
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    nel.magriet….that sounds interesting…feeding them beetroot or dandelion leaves.
    My larger Silkworms have started spinning their cocoons today, but I have some half grown Silkworms as well. I have put one in a container with a small beetroot leaf, and small dandelion leaf to see if it eats it. I will let you know what happens either way:)

    in reply to: Silk-Worms in New Zealand still? #40740

    Anna
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    I have a big old mulberry tree and three smaller young mulberry trees, so have food for them. Each tree has new leaves now its spring. I’m not going to raise hundreds, but will raise enough so I have eggs for another batch of Silkworms and eggs to give to anyone else with Mulberry trees/bushes.

    in reply to: Silk-Worms in New Zealand still? #40737

    Anna
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    Clinton…I have got silkworm eggs, and silkworms at the moment. The fat silkworms have started to make their cocoons today.

    in reply to: Silk-Worms in New Zealand still? #40702

    Anna
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    Clinton, I bought several Mulberry trees/bushes from Mitre 10 last year, so you may be able to get one from there…or any plant nursery should be able to get them for you. The ones I bought had “Morus Apricot Shahtoot” King white (Mulberry) on the label. I was told they were grown from clones/tissue culture by a nursery in the lower south Island
    Some research I did made me think the Silkworms seem to prefer the white or Alba mulberries rather than the black mulberry.
    I have an old 30 yr old mulberry tree with useless fruit, so it has been pretty neglected…as well as the new ones I have bought…and even though the leaves are different the Silkworms grow well with both types.
    They can be grown from cuttings as well I think.

    If you can hunt down a tree/bush you are welcome to some fertile Silkworm eggs.

    in reply to: Silk-Worms in New Zealand still? #40571

    Anna
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    There are still silkworms in NZ. I raised some last season, and then kept their fertile eggs in the fridge over winter. A couple of weeks ago, I took one batch of eggs out of the fridge, and they have now hatched, and are happily munching away on newly emerged mulberry tree leaves.
    They need quite a bit of attention, esp when they get bigger as they like fresh leaves several times a day. I have been raising mine in plant propagators that I bought from mitre 10. By plugging in the propagator I can keep them comfortably warm throughout their growing process.

    I’m happy to share eggs with anyone wanting to raise some, but you need to have a mulberry bush nearby, and be willing to give them the TLC that they need to grow them successfully.

    in reply to: dwarf buddleia availability #40569

    Anna
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    Michellelee, I have managed to collect quite a few different colours of Buddleia in NZ. Some grow taller than others, but I find I can keep them fairly compact by nipping out the growing tips when they have a growth spurt in Spring. This makes them bush up, and you get lots more flowers. Then in autumn, they get a really hard prune, down to about a foot and a half high. This keeps them at a maneagable size:)

    You can also grow them successfully in buckets or pots and they stay fairly small. I feed mine a bit of liquid fertilizer, and repot them every couple of years.

    I have been really thrilled with the spring flowering buddleia which is the second one mentioned in the link HShingles posted here. Mine started flowering several months ago, and has been visited daily by heaps of bumblebees/bees/and even Red and Yellow Admirals. Its such a delight to see these all nectaring away:)

    in reply to: Terry's Admiral Project in Britain update? #39371

    Anna
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    Thanks for that Terry. It is the moth caterpillar I have been finding in most of the nettle Ive looked at. Today in Northern Island I saw a Peacock butterfly by a river. Lovely to see it:)

    in reply to: Terry's Admiral Project in Britain update? #39263

    Anna
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    Hi Terry,
    I am in the Uk at the moment, and have seen little greenish smooth caterpillars in some of the leaf tents on dioica. Do you know what they become? They may be a moths larvae perhaps? Also I have found dark spikey caterpillars not unlike the admirals from NZ.

    in reply to: Distribution of Nettles in your area #38776

    Anna
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    Terry, I have a small patch of urtica dioica on my property, approx 3 x 2 metres. I dont allow it to seed, and trim it back regularly. Its in part of the flower garden. The patch is now regularly visited by both Red And Yellow Admirals, which is a real thrill. This is what I use to raise Admiral caterpillars at times.
    We also get the urtica urens popping up in different places, and I have found Admiral caterpillars and eggs there at times as well.
    Some councils dont allow Urtica Dioca as it spreads very easily.
    If I want other nettles, ie: ferox, its about an hour or mores drive away..and often you can find a once flourishing patch, dead after being sprayed.
    I am in the top of the South Island.

    in reply to: Blue Moon butterfly spotted #38635

    Anna
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    Someone on the trademe community has reported seeing strange butterflies feeding on fruit today.

    in reply to: Can some one please help! #37975

    Anna
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    If I get one like that, I put it in a small container lined bottom and sides with kitchen towel. They can still wriggle around and form their chrysalis. When it hatches, it crawls to the side, then up, so it can still grip on and expand its wings. i have had success with lots using this method, whether they are Monarchs or Admirals.

    in reply to: Swans in pots? #37974

    Anna
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    I find that they last well in pots when I feed them liquid plant food (I use nitrosol)…it keeps them nice and healthy. You can also grow them indoors if they get good sun exposure.

    in reply to: help needed feeding Caterpillars, Upper Moutere, Nelson #37896

    Anna
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    I have a small amount of swan plant left so if you like you can phone me: 5432601 as Im in Upper Moutere.

    in reply to: Wasps eating my Monarch Caterpillars #37865

    Anna
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    Sorry to hear about the wasps eating the caterpillars. I haven’t used the wasp trap as yet, but we do find that if you look around at dusk, many times you can find wasp nests as you see them all heading back home for the night.

    in reply to: Cinnabar moths emerging out-of-season #37862

    Anna
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    Have you got any little cinnabars from them yet? Good on you raising lots of Cinnabars. I had a lot this season, and even noticed some caterpillars on groundsel in the garden, a couple of weeks after letting heaps of Cinnabar moths go.
    Exciting stuff!
    To ensure I had lots of groundsel for the hungry caterpillars, I even sowed seed in a couple of big pots, and fed the plants nitrosol weekly, and ended up with a bumper crop!
    I find it grows even more lush if you pinch out any flowers that develop:)

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