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  • in reply to: wintering butterflys sleeping #57020

    Caryl
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    Any movement today from them Leslie? It’s sunny and warm enough for them to emerge and seek nectar. Good on you for having late butterflies. None of my late chrysalides have produced healthy butterflies yet I still have caterpillars outside eating my healthy plants, Caryl x

    in reply to: Spare Swan Plant Seeds Anyone? #56870

    Caryl
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    Barry, I’d love some more. Want me to send you a self addressed envelope. Very kind of you, Caryl

    in reply to: Tropical Milkweed (Red) Germination Time? #56621

    Caryl
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    I thought most swan plants seeds need cold stratification (moist or dry) which increases the germination rate. I don’t favour tropical milkweed.I had it for a season and it spread sideways and hardly grew much at all and little value for monarch caterpillars. Caryl(Wellington)

    in reply to: Hungry Caterpillars in ChCh #56459

    Caryl
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    Have you checked Trade Me. Usually there are plants available in Chch at good prices. In the meantime use cucumber as an emergency food. Good luck finding homes for them. Caryl (Wellington)

    in reply to: Squishy caterpillars! #56414

    Caryl
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    I’m wondering if the plants got too dry being left for a week. I had probably the same thing happen to my chrysalides I had inside and I believe the air was too dry and I hadn’t misted them enough. Next season I am spraying all my plants in early September with a weak bleach solution or the recommended one from supermarkets. Caryl

    in reply to: Where can I order tags #56412

    Caryl
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    Jacqui, Is there a delay in sending tags? I ordered some about 2 weeks ago and have heard nothing. Hope all is well with you, Caryl

    in reply to: Help with injured butterfly #56290

    Caryl
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    Beautiful…

    in reply to: New wings #56272

    Caryl
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    I have a few wings. Are you going to try to replace his wings? Caryl, Wellington.

    in reply to: ordering more tags #56227

    Caryl
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    Order on the tagging page found here:

    https://www.monarch.org.nz/wp-admin/admin.php?page=tag-request

    Kind regards, Caryl

    in reply to: Black Death #55920

    Caryl
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    Jacqui, I have not heard of this. I have lost many butterflies to OE both outside and inside ones (brought inside as they were first generation ones) this season. Can Milton be used outside too – perhaps to spray plants when eggs laid? It wasn’t black death as it only affected the chrysalides which became too black and the lid seemed to separate. caryl

    in reply to: Butterflies not hatching from Chrysalis #55661

    Caryl
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    I have had the same thing happening with chrysalides I have bought inside to protect them from predators. I suspect I have not had enough ventilation around them or possibly too much sun – the chrysalides are turning too black. I lightly spray them to mimic the dew daily. The lids of the chrysalides do not look healthy.
    Please keep us informed. Caryl (Wellington)

    in reply to: Orange life suckers. #55621

    Caryl
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    Chay 73, I have found aphids hard to get rid of and last season I had to give up in one patch when I discovered older leaves at the bottom of the plant were covered in them and the aphids were under the leaves and very difficult to reach. Use the detergent method every day and use a paint brush to paint it on. I found this to be the most effective method. With the paint brush you can reach all the aphids more easily. So far this season I haven’t any but I check most days. Ladybirds will do the job but only if you have lots of them. Bioforce did not work for me – the wasps took too long to hatch and by the time they did it was a huge aphid win and the plants were completely over run and unhealthy. Good luck. Caryl (Wellington)

    in reply to: Monarch being chased! #55529

    Caryl
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    This is quite common. They compete for the space. Its unlikely the admiral will chase the monarch all day. Caryl

    in reply to: Monarch reproduction – fascinating video #55400

    Caryl
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    Fascinating. I’m left with more questions!! What mechanism does she use to decide to make the eggs fertile and how often does she mate successfully? Thanks Jacqui for making this available, Caryl

    in reply to: Swan Plants – 1m high – On Special !!! #55375

    Caryl
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    Hi Fiona, That’s a great deal. On Tuesday I will be sent some ‘huge’ ones but I haven’t seen any pics of them. I will let you know that day how many I would want – 12 maximum as I probably can’t get more in my car. I could meet you at Porirua or drive to you. Thanks so much. Caryl

    in reply to: Where are the monarchs? #55211

    Caryl
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    Hi Jacqui, I haven’t completed the survey because I interrupt the cycle with either culling eggs or previously sending them to 2 people n the south island. I can say approx 10-11 butterflies linger in my garden every day now, the eggs were laid the same week as they have been laid for the past 6 years and I have many cats at all stages but no chrysalides yet (due to sending 108 eggs south early in the season). I can provide comparisons for the past few years on the same dates (number of butterflies emerged)as I document each season. Caryl

    in reply to: safe way to put off white butterfly #55145

    Caryl
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    Leslie, nasturtium patches are notorious for cabbage whites to lay their eggs on. I put some under my swan plants for ground cover and reaped the consequences of the green caterpillars. I still have some plants there and every day I notice caterpillars have been eating the leaves. I am going to remove the plants. Caryl

    in reply to: Wings Needed please #54921

    Caryl
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    Leslie, Does it work just for a tip of a wing? Interesting and great to know. I will get some. Caryl

    in reply to: Wings Needed please #54868

    Caryl
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    What brand did you use Leslie of the oil?

    in reply to: wing problem #54845

    Caryl
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    Great outcome Leslie. Great I could provide Fiona’s details for you. Thanks Fiona, you’re a master! Caryl

    in reply to: wing problem #54698

    Caryl
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    Leslie, No that email address is an old one and no longer exists. Found her phone number in the White pages. It is 04 902 2562. She is very experienced in wing surgery! Caryl

    in reply to: wing problem #54697

    Caryl
    Moderator

    Hi Leslie, That’s such a shame. I think Fiona, (Kapiti) has done this. Have you researched any of her posts? This may be her email address.
    fcamberun@paradise.net.nz
    Sorry I don’t have her phone number. Happy New Year and good luck with the butterfly. Caryl

    in reply to: Where are the monarchs? #54332

    Caryl
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    I checked my database for last years’ butterfly numbers – 231 in Seatoun at this date (21/12/17) and 143 this year.Sadly I have culled some eggs since my plants that were eaten were too small but now they are growing well and I inherited 35 one metre tall ones this week so it’s all go now. I checked the gender numbers and slightly more males, 6, than females both years.
    Happy Christmas season everyone. Caryl (Seatoun, Wellington)

    in reply to: Where are the monarchs? #54239

    Caryl
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    Hello Alliemac, I am in Seatoun, Wellington, and wonder what suburb you are in. As normal I got monarch eggs the first week of September and the past 2 weeks I have had 120 monarchs eclose, mostly inside. I take chrysalides in, especially the first ones of the season and thus protect them from predators. I also sent 108 eggs to a contact in Greymouth who reported they were the most fertile he had had from me and approx 50 butterflies eclosed. I have now some new eggs from the butterflies I released. Do let us know how the season goes for you and may female butterflies visit your garden soon. My swan plants are growing quite well after most were pretty eaten. I now have plenty of new swan plants for the next generation. Warm regards, Caryl

    in reply to: Difficulty reporting #54197

    Caryl
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    Hi Leslie I have new eggs, spotted a female busy laying eggs yesterday. I may have to cull them as most of my plants are small. The woman who raised eggs in Gore is no longer doing so because of a new puppy and the Greymouth man has females laying. This is a success story. There’s now a colony there of monarchs that came originally from the eggs in my garden. Looking for others now who would be interested in some eggs.Caryl (Wellington)

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