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  • in reply to: Buddleia cuttings #49723

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    I have what I bought as royal red – it is a lot brighter than my purple one (which is bluey purple). Email me clanrae@hotmail.com and I can send you a picture to see if it is what you want. Originally I got them from lady in Rolleston
    regards Rachel

    in reply to: Yellow Admiral pupa time #48336

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    Norm – do they lay their eggs on the caterpillar while it is still in it’s ‘J’ and before the chrysalis hardens or can they lay eggs through a hard chrysalis?

    in reply to: How do admirals survive the winter? #48335

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    Last year mid winter I found some 2nd instar yellow admiral cats on my nettles after bitter frosts and snow – I shifted them into the carport and they hatched out around September. There must have been eggs on the nettle two as I released about 30 yellows from the caterpillar castle.

    This year (although a lot milder this year) I have little tents on my nettles and released three yellows that hatched last week.

    Have yet to get a red though.

    in reply to: Red Admiral #47728

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    Jacqui – do you want us to report all red admiral sightings – I have seen three in different suburbs of Dunedin over the last week.

    in reply to: Mosgiel/Dunedin area..Caterpillars wanted #47029

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    I have had two monarchs laying last weekend and one this weekend – and spotted my first red admiral for the season this weekend too.

    I get super jealous of the North Islanders, reading about how long their butterfly season is.

    in reply to: Wasp Nest Tracking Brainwave #46961

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    A dog could certainly be trained to track a nest but as you mentioned you would have to watch it getting stung when it found the nest. Years ago a dog on mine stumbled across a german wasp nest and it was horrible – she came running back into the house with about 20 wasps on her all repeatedly stinging her. After a rushed trip to the vets and a dose of antihistamine she came out relatively unscathed but I’m sure the whole experience was very unpleasant for her.

    in reply to: Mosgiel/Dunedin area..Caterpillars wanted #46960

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    Hi Rich – I am in Wakari and have had Monarchs laying on my swan plants last weekend (first ones I have seen this season). Butterflies seem a bit scarce this year – even in Mosgiel which has a slightly better climate than in Dunedin.

    I have released about 80 yellow admirals from this spring but have yet to have any return to my nettles (of which I have four varieties).

    I have sent you an email – as I am bound to have some caterpillars needing to find new plants.

    regards Rachel

    in reply to: HELP #46666

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    Does anyone know what the stand down time is for plants that have been sprayed or does the spray last a long time on the leaves etc.

    in reply to: any1 want admiral eggs send and new seedlings? #46482

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    Hi Megan – just checked with my folks in Cromwell and there nettles are drying up so don’t know if they will have admirals on them now. Maybe I got the last ones off them. Will let you know if the nettles replenish or if they see another YA laying eggs.
    Rachel

    in reply to: Vespex wasp bait now available #46480

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    I am now an approved user of this product and will soon be able to purchase and lay Vespex Wasp Bait in the Dunedin/Mosgiel area and will occasionally be in Cromwell.

    Please get in contact if have a wasp problem and live in the Dunedin area.
    clanrae@hotmail.com

    in reply to: any1 want admiral eggs send and new seedlings? #46425

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    Hi I would love some reds if you have them – have plenty of yellows – also have plenty of nettles too.

    in reply to: Vespex wasp bait now available #46280

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    That looks promising Jacqui – I would definitely consider becoming an approved user.

    The wasps down here are certainly looking for protein at the moment as I have seen them chomping on some baby birds that had blown from a nest in the big winds we had the other day.

    I also came across a heap of wasps wandering over some young sycamore tree shoots – does anyone know what they are after?

    in reply to: wondering if anyone has admiral eggs or caterpillars #46251

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    Hi Megan – I saw a number of yellow admirals up in Cromwell over the christmas break and took some eggs and caterpillars home to Dunedin from the nettles in my Dad’s gravel pile (Cromwell) so they are about. Didn’t see any reds though. The yellows lay into winter on my nettles here in Dunedin (even in the snow) and the caterpillars are very hardy it seems.

    If you have nettles they should be able to sniff them out – I put the caterpillars in a caterpillar castle though as they do fall victim to the same predators as the monarch caterpillars.

    Let me know if you don’t have any luck getting an admiral to lay at your place and I can see if Dad can find anymore caterpillars on his.

    in reply to: Low butterfly numbers #45938

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    The weather has been so horrid down here in Dunedin I have only spotted my first butterfly (apart from cabbage whites) at my property today. It was a yellow admiral – hopefully heading to lay eggs on my nettle patch that has remained untouched so far.

    I released about 30 Yellow Admirals that overwintered as caterpillars in November but none have returned to lay eggs so far, or not that I’ve seen.

    Fingers crossed

    in reply to: Aphids? #45443

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    Hi Carl -there must be something wrong with them if even the aphids are giving them a wide berth.

    I just got an email back from Mike at Bio force re: dusky ladybirds.

    He writes
    “Yes there is always the possibility that the ladybirds will feed on the eggs of the butterflies. It is a small ladybird, and unlikely to attack prey a lot bigger than it. The parasitic wasp Aphidius is 100% safe to your butterflies, and is known to parasitise yellow oleander aphids, which commonly infest milkweed. It may be able to help you with your aphid problem.”

    in reply to: Aphids? #45437

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    Jacqui – I thought about getting some dusky ladybirds but read that once they have eaten the aphids they may eat caterpillar eggs. Do you know if this includes Monarch eggs?

    in reply to: T-shirts from the shop – Don't get a Navy one. #45265

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    Hi Jacqui – they put the responsibility onto NZMBT and said that you guys shouldn’t have the dark colours available when the text is dark. Personally I thought their professionalism was terrible and for a print shop they should take more pride in their work. I would imagine that they make these t-shirts to order and with today’s technology it should be easy to change the text colour to make it visible on the t-shirt.

    Anyway enough of my rant – I’m off outside to look for real butterflies. Just thought I would let others know if they are thinking about getting a t-shirt.


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    Jan I am happy to announce that those two chrysalis you gave me hatched yesterday (two females – lets hope they can meet up with a bloke and come back and lay some eggs).


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    Hi Brad – I am in Dunedin too and have only had 6 caterpillars on my plants so far and I have only seen two Monarchs this season and you are right last year there were more. I hope they are not in decline down here in the south. My admirals on the other hand are going very well.

    We have facebook group called Butterfly Gardening Otago if you cared to join.
    Rachel

    in reply to: Large Net Castle Capacity #43308

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    On the shop page where they sell them they recommend 10-20 caterpillars for a large one. I have a jumbo one which is for up to 100. I have about 60 Admiral chrysalis in mine at the moment and there is plenty of room – they are a smaller butterfly though.

    in reply to: Update on Yellow Admirals #42858

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    Yes I ponder the fate of my butterflies but I imagine they just won’t lay many (if any) eggs if they can’t find nettles. What is our other choice though? Not bother and wonder why it is you never see Admirals anymore. My 2 1/2 year old daughter is so used to seeing Admirals at our place and I intend to keep it that way while I’m alive anyway. Plus I’m slowly talking my friends into letting the nettles be in a secluded corner at their house too.

    in reply to: Update on Yellow Admirals #42854

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    yes please to sharing your DIY Obelisk. I have started dabbling in Admirals this year and have a batch of 60 chrysalis waiting to hatch – have released about 20 Yellows so far – would love to get some reds in the next bunch (fingers crossed).

    regards Rachel

    in reply to: Milkweed and winter #42582

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    Hi Chipwich – I am in Dunedin and I have had Swan plants survive outside and unsheltered over winter. Haven’t tried it with milkweed yet. You could take cuttings and grow them in pots to overwinter in the garage.

    in reply to: newby member #42007

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    Hi Tony – I’m sure one of the more experienced members will come and comment on what the best plan of action is but you will need more plants – depending on what ‘instar'(when they moult) the caterpillars are in. You can feed them pumpkin when they are in the last instar (before they pupate) – search the forums and there is plenty of info on how to prepare the pumpkin for the old ones. Someone in Christchurch might have more plants you could buy/have or check Mitre 10 or garden centres etc.

    in reply to: Anyone have more monarchs laying than they can handl? #41643

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    Hi Katrina – I saw that Mosgiel Mitre 10 had swan plants with large caterpillars on them for sale a week or two ago and they sold quickly. If you can show patience (for another couple of weeks) I am sure those newly hatched Monarchs will hunt out your plants then you will have more caterpillars than you can handle.

    PS – I just started a facebook group for Dunedin butterfly fans –
    http://www.facebook.com/groups/1589012347977404/ – feel free to join
    regards Rachel

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