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  • in reply to: Cinnabar moth #53944

    clinton9
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    10th November 2018. On half way to Pipiroa I saw a wild Cinnabar moth (tyria jacobaeae) flying southward across the road, then I stopped to photograph it, but the bright red moth flew away, so I went hiking to Pipiroa.

    in reply to: eggs already! #53687

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    As numbers and durtion of cold winter days and ground frosts are decreasing, the Monarch butterflies will keep spreading southward and from 2030 they will reach Stewart Island.
    Monarch butterflies no longer migratory in Auckland northward to Far North and breed for 10 months a year.
    Several years ago Monarch butterflies reached Queensland, inland South Island and few years ago they reached Southland during summertime.

    In USA and Canada when migrating, these high flying Monarch butterflies were seen flying at over one 1-2 k/m above the ground, by people flying their airplanes.

    in reply to: eggs already! #53686

    clinton9
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    Yes and Monarch butterflies are migrating southward in NZ.

    Last week and this week I had seen Monarch butterflies flying in air in Thames town.
    Eggs laid before 1st September, will become future young butterflies in late September.
    Cruel queen Asian Paper wasps are asleeping until October.

    Last 100 years the numbers of winter days decreased from 100 days in 1900s and 1930s, to 70 days in 2010s and this year.

    1st June to 31st August in 1900s to 1930s
    16th June to 14th August in 2010s

    Onward from 2020s the winter days will last 60 days.

    in reply to: RED ADMIRAL CATERPILLARS #53665

    clinton9
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    I want Red Admiral caterpillars too, but they are not available until December.

    in reply to: Wasps #53551

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    Unless we make sticky traps with female paper wasp pheromones to attract male paper wasps, Asian Paper wasps and Australian Paper wasps cannot be eradicated from New Zealand.

    Germany wasps and Common wasps can be eradicated from New Zealand.

    In 1978 the MAF officers putted flyers & notices in Auckland to tell people to eradicate these Asian Paper wasps, but people just did not cared about NZ biosecurity, and allowed these exotic insects to roam freely in NZ.

    Now we have to put up with paper wasps eating our native butterfly & moth caterpillars and stinging our poor grandparents and great grandparents.

    Being stung by Paper wasps is very nasty experience for our aged people who had no idea about what like being stung by paper wasps and about Asian Paper wasps, as asian Paper wasps were here for 40 past years only.

    I had been stung by these Asian Paper wasps few times and this were much worse than being stung by Germany wasps.

    I had seen Asian Paper wasps in bush one mile east of Thames town.

    In late 1990s in Waitakere Ranges I had seen lots of Germany wasps, but no Helm’s butterflies as there are none today, through in 1983 when I was a schoolboy I found a healthy pupa of Helm’s butterfly.

    SO THE ONE ONLY OPTION IS STICKY TRAPS WITH FEMALE PAPER WASP PHEROMONES TO ATTRACT MALE PAPER WASPS…YOU NEED IS A TIN OF STICKY GLUE AND CARDPAPERS AND FEMALE PAPER WASP PHEROMONES SO MALE PAPER WASPS WILL FIND THEMSELVES TRAPPED IN STICKY GLUE !!!

    in reply to: Small black butterfly with red spots and lines in Papamoa. #51532

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    Small male Red admiral butterfly ???

    in reply to: Less Monarchs? #51203

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    On 13th August this year I had found a mating pair of monarch butterflies in Thames.

    in reply to: Mexico Wall – Alarming News #51169

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    Donald Trump don’t care about animals and plants in America, and is helping animals slipping toward extinction.
    He had cut down the money budget meant for endangered Whooping cranes.

    in reply to: Let's get rid of moth vine #50426

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    Import the Southern Monarch butterfly (Danaus erippus) caterpillars to eat moth-plants.

    Moth plants are like Japanese honeysuckles, but without butterfly caterpillars to eat moth plants.

    We NEED Southern Monarch butterfly (danaus erippus) caterpillars to eat moth plants.

    in reply to: Will swan plants survive the harsh winter? #50244

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    10 to 17 frosts per year in Thames.

    16 ground frosts on 27th May to 23rd August 2014
    17 ground frosts on 28th May to 13th August 2015
    11 ground frosts on 3rd June to 10th August 2016

    This year properly have 13 to 15 frosts a year.

    Coastal areas as beaches near sea have fewer frosts to no frosts, but numbers of frosts increase as you goes inland and southward and with increase elevation.

    Queenstown have 100 to 130 ground frosts a year, while Hamilton have 70 to 80 ground frosts a year. Kaitaia had no frosts.

    in reply to: Great White Butterfly officially eradicated #49229

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    Hence NZ as a clean green country.

    in reply to: Blue Moons #48695

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    This butterfly Jacqui saw yesterday were an escapee from Auckland butterfly house.

    Next Blue moon butterfly invasion are 13 to 18 years away and Blue moon butterflies are rare autumntime visitors between invasions, with about 1 to 3 butterflies per year.

    in reply to: Cool sign on trademe #48648

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    Butterflies are from USA, with sign made by USA butterfly people.

    in reply to: Wasp Traps #48531

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    If you want Asian Paper wasps gone…use sticky traps to catch male wasps..see this.

    in reply to: Mynahs pecking? #48267

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    TgaLiz,
    I am sorry you had myna problem, On June 2004 I were releasing a Lesser Wanderer butterfly to wild, but I were dismayed to see a pair of mynas on grass, looking at butterfly. So I chased the mynas away. But few weeks later I had seen a Lesser Wanderer butterfly flying low on late June 2004, toward garden by Queen Street, Thames. Worse is few years before 2004 I saw a myna flying after a Yellow Admiral butterfly, to catch it in midair, but missed and the butterfly which were gliding, then start to flapping its wings and sped away upwardly.

    in reply to: What is this caterpillar? #48200

    clinton9
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    Rastus
    Send me photos of caterpillars, otherwise we can not help you.

    in reply to: Sighting of rare migrant #48019

    clinton9
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    No Australian butterflies this year.

    Cyclones will not happen this autumn until November this year or autumn 2017.

    This afternoon I went checked the gardens at Richmond retirement village (Thames), but there are NO Blue Moon butterflies or Painted Lady butterflies. I only saw Monarch butterflies & White butterflies & Long-tailed Blue butterflies and few Blue butterflies today.

    in reply to: Advice on raising a moth #47650

    clinton9
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    Indian Mealy moth caterpillar ?

    in reply to: White Admiral status #47459

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    Our highly aggressive & intelligent Asian Paper wasps will limit the spreading of White Admiral butterflies, by looking for eggs and caterpillars.
    If one of worker Asian Paper wasps find the egg or larva, it will learn about where to look for and will remember about plants that have larvaes & eggs, and will tell their nestmates.
    Unless we eradicate all of Asian Paper wasps, the White Admiral butterflies will remain restricted to release sites only and cannot become common.
    Aged people living in retirement villages had suffered so much stings from highly aggressive Asian Paper wasps that nesting under outdoor window sills and when people walking too close to nests they had stung these people.
    This left many poor aged people in hospitals.

    in reply to: Wasp Nest Tracking Brainwave #46980

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    I wish Asian Paper wasps would be eradicated…they are most aggressive wasps that stinging people that walk by where nests are…I had seen nests under outdoor window sills and in small trees in retirement buildings, no wonder poor aged people are common targets for Asian Paper wasps to sting….Not fair.
    In Asian Paper wasps’s native countries, they had so many predators from insects to monkeys and large reptiles, so these Asian Paper wasps had became the most aggressive Paper wasps and any humen walk near nests, are stung by wasps.
    Think about defendless aged people who cannot run fast and cannot avoid get stung by wasps.
    If Asian Paper wasps are allowed to increase their numbers and roaming over NZ, we will have no caterpillars of NZ butterflies, and Monarch butterflies and Red Admiral butterflies will be extinct, at same time the hospitals will be overrun with sick aged people that were stung by Asian Paper wasps.

    in reply to: Vespula wasps – new initiative to reduce numbers. #46978

    clinton9
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    But about Asian Paper wasps ??? these wasps are cunning killers of Monarch butterfly caterpillars and Red & Yellow Admiral butterfly caterpillars.

    in reply to: Too many Admiral pillars – Whangarei / Auckland #46839

    clinton9
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    Hi Sally,
    Which Red Admiral or Yellow Admiral ???

    I appreciate Red Admiral caterpillars.

    in reply to: unidentified butterfly #46584

    clinton9
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    I agree with Zac. Papilio xuthus would be welcome to New Zealand, as caterpillars only eat citrus leaves. This specie will not hurt our NZ environment.

    Yes, we DO need Papilio Machaon as biocontrol agent for Fennel and Dill and wild carrots that are overrunning our NZ environment, hurting stocks in farms.

    in reply to: unidentified butterfly #46504

    clinton9
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    Hey Jacqui,
    Your 2nd photo is of Eastern Tiger swallowtail of USA, not Orchard Swallowtail butterfly of Australia.

    Orchard Swallowtail butterflies do not have yellow colours, with males being black and white, while female had red colour on black & white wings.

    in reply to: unidentified butterfly #46503

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    Hi ndev, Forget about caterpillars you cannot find them as they are very few in numbers, plus Asian Paper wasps had eaten them.
    Japanese Swallowtail butterflies would be nice adding to our list of native butterflies as New Zealand had never had native Swallowtail butterflies for past 80 million years.

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