Blake in Porirua

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  • in reply to: Hi Im Wendy, its My first season 2019 #57130

    Blake in Porirua
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    160 in your first season! Well done! Its great you’re tagging too.

    Have a rest for the winter & grow some more plants inside now so you’re set for the onslaught next season 😉

    in reply to: Taggers 2019 #56739

    Blake in Porirua
    Participant

    Add us in Jacqui!
    5024 Porirua Wellington

    Also to the tagger in paparangi… and all of the fellow wellingtonians:
    how are you going with your tagging? Do you have a lot of swan plants and raise catts yourself? Have you been to the Butterfly Walkway at Aotea lagoon?
    Do you have children? My son is 7 🙂

    Elise & Blake

    in reply to: Butterfly sightings to 5 July 2018 #53470

    Blake in Porirua
    Participant

    Brilliant! Thanks for that hard work going through data Jacqui!
    I still can’t believe that the new butterfly walkway has been established just 1km down the road from Papakowhai reserve! I asked council garden manager if he knew of overwintering sites and no-one has seen any. Yet the place I chose to let most of mine go happened to be directly next to an overwintering site seen 2 yrs ago. And I’m completly new to the Porirua area, and to growing swan plants and monarch farming.

    I also note large numbers seen in the Wellington northern suburbs of Tawa and Khandallah (my home 1980- 2016) too. I might let some out in Tawa next season as it’s less than 10km away.

    Here’s hoping there’s not too much hail left to come though. How do butterflies survive that?!!

    in reply to: Porirua Aotea Lagoon gets a butterfly garden #53458

    Blake in Porirua
    Participant

    Hi Caryl
    Can you please clarify with me where you know the local overwintering sight in Porirua is?
    Thanks kindly
    Hope you’re housesitting is going well. Wellington is freezing, so you’re not missing that!!

    in reply to: Porirua Aotea Lagoon gets a butterfly garden #53457

    Blake in Porirua
    Participant

    We made the Kapi-Mana news. Page 5. The link above is the similar article.
    It’s just a mention of how to log a tagged butterfly’s location (and a terrible shot of me), but publicity none the less.

    Jacqui, have you got the contact details for Sarah Field- the Poriruas project initiator?

    I saw in the Trusts 2015 brochure online that the Trust awards i’deal butterfly habitats’ a permanent plaque if it meets criteria. Would the council, Sarch or I be able to apply for this for the walkway still? They have 600 odd swan plants (and ive seen the nursery depot is stocked up with hundreds for when those get munched), there is different flowering bushes AND they have stinging nettle hidden over the fence!!!! 😀 (the walkway is directly beside a very popular children’s playground- so that’s amazing to consent to stinging nettle 😉
    Alternatively a permanent plaque with the weblink to how to report a tag sighting would be wonderful if the Trust would consider that. I have mentioned that to the PCC Parks manager as well 😉 The Wellington City gardens manager is also interested in a plaque to explain how to log a sighting (and possibly will copy a butterfly habitat if they were given the criteria for qualifying to gain a plaque award).

    in reply to: Porirua Aotea Lagoon gets a butterfly garden #53418

    Blake in Porirua
    Participant

    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK1806/S00647/butterfly-walkway-takes-flight-at-poriruas-aotea-lagoon.htm

    I also released 4 at the Wellington Botanical gardens and one of the head staff in the Treehouse is keen to run an article.

    I am wondering if the Trust would be interested in making a couple of plaques to put at the Porirua gardens to explain to people visiting to look for monarchs with tags, and how to report the sighting.
    I also took a couple of perished tagged butterflies for people to look at closer. A lot of people at the opening mentioned it was hard to understand the small writing on the tags, in regards to the http://www….org website. It’s tricky as butterflies are small.. and monarchs are surely one of the biggest here in NZ.
    I’m sure more publicity will be coming soon 🙂

    in reply to: Porirua Aotea Lagoon gets a butterfly garden #53417

    Blake in Porirua
    Participant

    Yes Jacqui Sarah Field has had a butterfly walkway completed in Porirua.

    Press were here today. We released 2 of my last 6. 547 & 544!!

    It’s amazing as now my 200+ butterflies have the best garden possible, and all within 1km!! I simply can’t believe their luck.

    I’ll post more information when I get a chance. The article will initially be on the Porirua City council website media page.
    Maybe newshub as well. And eventually the kapiMana will run something.

    It’d be great to get all the stories together.

    Oh also… I don’t know where the overwintering sight is out here in Porirua.. I hope my butterflies have found it though!

    in reply to: Press Release, tagging, and high res photo #53204

    Blake in Porirua
    Participant

    Finally I got a reply from a reporter! He writes for KapiMana (porirua wellington) and Ive also seen articles in Dom Post

    So Jaquie Im wondering if you (or if the Trust has a nominated person) might have a short paragraph already prepared for these types of more intricate questions that he has for me? I could attempt to fluff my way through the exact wording of wintering processes, earths climate change and the point of tagging in Nz from what Ive read here in forums and website, but im sure the Trust probably has a mission statement or something similar that would be more concise?

    Most questions he has are more of a personal nature ie what made us start tagging, how many, how to do it

    The questions Id rather not give wrong/ too long answers to are:
    Why are they (monarchs) an environmental indicator species?
    What are we(?) hoping to learn (by tagging them)? Have we learned anything yet?

    Seems like finally some publicity could spur people to get out from behind screens and start treasure hunting!!!!

    thanks in advance for your assistance

    in reply to: Anyone need caterpillars in wellington #53203

    Blake in Porirua
    Participant

    I have plenty of plants with no cats… if you still have any I will rehome 🙂

    in reply to: Likely Winter Over Site – Titahi Bay #53202

    Blake in Porirua
    Participant

    old post… but im keen to follow this up as Ive begun living in Porirua and Ive tagged this season, so would love to know some spots to start looking for mine, and also where I could release them to join an existing group!
    Someone on my local community fb page mentioned they saw a huge amount of monarchs on some gum trees at the back of Papakowhai Reserve. This was in feb/march. I now release my butterflies there. Unfortunately the buddleiah is finished now so im reluctant to use the site for the last 20odd.
    A mum at school said she has seen groups of monarchs in the newer parts of whitby in previous years.

    in reply to: Any spare wings in Wellington? #53147

    Blake in Porirua
    Participant

    Good news! welldone getting the story in the national paper!! saw the Stuff online article too. How/ who did someone approach to get it in the paper? There must be certain journalists who do ‘nature’ articles, compared with say crime news or family stories..

    I never heard back from my local newspaper Kapi-Mana about running a small article about tagging- with the local spin of my 61/2yr old releasing 18-22 tagged butterflies at least once a week at our local reserve 🙁 I even had the luck of a professional photographer find one of our tagged butterflies and he had taken great photos he said I could use. The buddlieah bug ‘butterfly’ story that ran in the DOM Post 3 weeks ago was also run in the Kapi- mana. interesting they picked that article up.

    I was a bit sad that the national tagging program didnt get any mention at all. Does Linda Archer tag her butterflies?
    Honestly if more people knew there were tagged butterflies to look for im sure it would catch on as a fun thing to do with your kids for those outdoorsie people and more sightings would be recorded… its not far off the concept of catching ‘pokemon’!!

    in reply to: protecting caterpillars #53137

    Blake in Porirua
    Participant

    Id love if it was easier to post a photo, but here’s a caption for a photo you will all hopefully see in your mind.

    Mantis preys on chrysalis through window

    I’ve never seen one in Porirua… If it wasn’t for the obvious concern I would bring it inside to watch for a while. We also have tadpoles at the moment 🙂
    We’ll be rehoming it after marvelling at it through the window. Quite amusing in some regards. Although I now know why I may not have any eggs. I haven’t seen any monarchs laying, despite releasing 20+ in the last few days

    in reply to: Concerning gender ratio of Monarch butterflies #53129

    Blake in Porirua
    Participant

    So an update…
    The last 22 butterflies were 20 female 2 male… very odd.
    I am going to say that I do believe weather makes a difference as to ratios, and I also have the theory that the later in the season it is (therefore getting colder) the more females there are. And that early in the season (mine started in early December) there were a few more females as well, perhaps 65/35. That’s just my two cents from observations. Surely as Mother Nature has designed these creatures with such an astonishing lifecycle, you’d think there is something more than luck involved.

    I just saw the other day that you can sex the chrysalis…. !!

    in reply to: Global Warming & Milkweed Chemical Changes #53085

    Blake in Porirua
    Participant

    Wonderful to hear of this Indicator Species (or was the research essentially on some of its food sources) being studied in the true nature of the bigger picture of learning about Earths changing environment. I hope that the study continues for decades so the factual indication becomes widely understood.
    Frogs are the other famous Indicator species and that research is extremely interesting.

    in reply to: All wings bent over to the right. #53084

    Blake in Porirua
    Participant

    We all have tough times huh

    I keep my butterflies that have non flying wings in a dark walled frog terrarium. Sometimes I have to force feed them by unrolling their tongues into honey water until they learn to do it. They actually do learn and become almost tame going to the honeywater spoon. some have lived 9 weeks happily.

    If anyone is interested in keeping captive butterflies I wrote a bit in another forum thread where a member attempted a great ‘surgery’ on a butterfly with deformed wings. the thread title is Spare wings in Wellington. tag words: feed, eat, deformed, malformed, euth, honey

    to the original poster and others – may i ask how you euth? I freeze.

    and WOW to the member whom had hundreds of butterflies!! Butterfly farming to the maximum!


    Blake in Porirua
    Participant

    I also have a few caterpillars inside still. wellington had hail and I didnt see 3 cats still outside. They died. Keep yours inside, give it a go. Tag those butterflies if you can.. would be quite interesting to hear of their success. I have 12 chrysalis still to hatch inside and they will be tagged, I hope they make it over winter

    in reply to: Behaviour of female Monarchs on return #53082

    Blake in Porirua
    Participant

    ah yes Twink – makes sense now. Thanks

    in reply to: Any spare wings in Wellington? #53081

    Blake in Porirua
    Participant

    Gosh I read the article link you posted. I thought I was dedicated!!! What an amazing feat you attempted.
    We’ve had butterflies that have either fallen on ground while drying or gotten stuck. I have a large frog terrarium with darkened sides, that I have my pre-release butterflies in while I wait for storms to pass, or a number are hatching simultaneously and I keep together to transport further a field. The ones Weve kept live in there happily.
    Weve had a couple of ‘Curlies’, ‘Crinkle’ and ‘Floppy’. Floppy hatched and dried hung over a curtain rail. Perfect wings, but both curled over to the left so he could only climb about. He ended up so ‘tame’. He knew the feeding routine and when new butterflies went in the tank he went to a favourite spot. He also ate cut hebe flowers and sunbathed on a box hedge. He lived 9 weeks happily.

    How is your Pink and blue? Does he suck at honey water ok? Have you had to unroll his tongue to get him to eat? I tend to force feed my butterflies after a couple of days if they wont eat on their own. A stupidly fiddly task, but Im proud Ive mastered the technique with a certain flat spoon, rimmed plastic container and a bobby pin.

    Im in Porirua, should you wish to keep in touch for any further projects. I do have one set of healthy appendages from a wild rescue attempt. I had in the past thought to trim off a small wing fold from a butterfly or the majority of wings that had dried from butterflies mostly stuck in chrysalis that I tweezered out. Some just cant seem to pull themselves out if they go into chrysalis without having something in front of them to grip on to. I simple dont know the reality of any discomfort. I have euthed in the freezer a few that were terribly malformed with tongues that would never work. Do you think your butterfly was uncomfortable in his ‘surgery’?

    Ps. I was anesthetic Vet Nurse 11 yrs ago and also involved in bird and Nz Skink releases. A critter enthusiast at heart.

    in reply to: Red Admirals, Yellow Admirals, Porirua #53015

    Blake in Porirua
    Participant

    Hello again,

    Essiew Im also in Porirua and Im eager to rear admirals. I have seen 2 in the 19 months Ive been here. I dont have flowers but thats in the pipelone. I am on the hill above papakowhai. where are you?
    I dont as such have an optimum garden for any nettle (due to lack of space and shade& sun position, rather than the sting that im capable of coping with)
    I was thinking maybe I could discreetly put some nettle in unuseable off track areas along the Papakowhai/ ascot park reserve track (Aotea countdown to Doncaster Heights/ lauderdale/ idaho/ conclusion/ coventry/ Linley street exits). I guess it would be easiest to scatter seeds, but I will have to source some of the “not banned” ones.
    I wonder if there is any laws about putting plants on a walking track???!?? or who in the Council I might require permission to do this? its not a native bush track and it has gorse, wandering dew, and every weed inbetween.

    I tried to plant a couple buckets of plain (? not stinging??) nettle id dug up a clump of, then i realised its not the right one and the plants died in the full sun or full shade in my garden anyhow.

    I wondered if there was a way we could work together? Or how I could help you. Im pleased to find someone else in Porirua is on the forum about admirals.

    I am most interested in endemic butterflies and Id be wrapped if there was admiral tagging in the future so Department of Conservation can properly identify any endangered and declining populations of endemic significance. Im puzzled that because there has been purposeful eradication of stinging Nettle that there hasnt been significant public information of the consequence. Id say only very keen butterfly lovers would want to plant nettles. Anyone will be happy to plant swan plants though, but DoC arent interested in research of Monarchs.

    Looking forward to touching base with locals, and anyone able to share seeds 🙂

    in reply to: Behaviour of female Monarchs on return #53011

    Blake in Porirua
    Participant

    old thread and apologies its off track from initial post but ill ask anyhow 🙂

    Anna What do you mean by you have “twinkled them” to tell the difference?

    I hope to raise more native/ declining butterflies next year, however there is no tagging research option, so if there is a good way youve found to tag them im very keen to learn. Id be wrapped if there was admiral tagging in future so Department of Conservation and Nz can properly identify any endangered and declining populations of significance. and because there has been eradication of stinging Nettle there should be public information of the consequence. DoC arent interested in research of Monarchs

    in reply to: How do yellow aphids affect monarch caterpillars #53009

    Blake in Porirua
    Participant

    Agreed as above. its not the aphids affecting the monarch. they affect the plant.

    To share my experience:
    4 plants I have on only one side of my property were infected with aphids this season. 3 last year. the other side of the house has 28 plants and none got aphids….?!
    I took any caterpillars off infected plant and put on another plant for 36 odd hours. perhaps if you have just one plant you could put caterpillars in container with leaves with no aphids. I treat the plant with an incredibly weak detergent water mix in a sipper drink bottle. I slowly squirt the bubble solution on and I very gently but thoroughly ‘massage’ it around the leaves and steams as i go. top to bottom is logical. I leave it on for 15 mins then wash it off by again massaging plain water. Its essential to rinse the leaves thoroughly. Dont worry too much about any aphids left as they will be on their way out!
    Not once has this method failed me in deforming any creatures or plants. (150-180 butterflies over two years)

    I welcome any feedback as to thoughts on my method.

    in reply to: Butterfly crumpled wings #52719

    Blake in Porirua
    Participant

    did you feed caterpillar anything? was it stuck in the chrysalis trying to open up? we had a few stuck and as they dry the wings stay in the shape they are in after half hour or so. we have 3 (out of 70plus sucessful) “pet” ones in our terrarium that are damaged but able to walk. one has wings folded over because it was hanging inside a curtain track when it hatched. hes a trooper though. the ones that have deformed tongues or bodies i do have to freeze though

    in reply to: Press Release, tagging, and high res photo #52717

    Blake in Porirua
    Participant

    brilliant thanks that should be easy enough to paste into a fb group page

    in reply to: Press Release, tagging, and high res photo #52631

    Blake in Porirua
    Participant

    Hi Jacqui

    I received an email update that showed your reply to my other post on how to report a tagged butterfly without seeing a tags number, but i cant seem to find my own post to reply to you. Technology is completely beyond me….

    I have tried approaching school but yes it takes a ton of pressure to be taken seriously. So i am thinking I will approach the KapiMana paper in porirua to share our achievements, especially as my sons favourite part of school is news and we read newspapers instead of the boring school books. Can i ask advice on how one goes about approaching a newspaper though?

    and again, if there is a link to read if someone sights a non specific tagged butttrfly?

    Thanks kindly

    in reply to: Red Admirals, Yellow Admirals, Porirua #52630

    Blake in Porirua
    Participant

    Hi,
    Old thread I realise, but worth a try.
    I’m looking to find a local that could help guide me with setting up for admirals. Perhaps I could visit your set up?
    Thanks kindly

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