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  • in reply to: Spare wings? #57159

    FiLeBeau
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    Im not sure if I ticked the box. Please contact me if you require some wings and with some information on size and gender. Fiona txt 0275 217071

    in reply to: Spare wings? #57158

    FiLeBeau
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    Do you stil require wings? If yes I can post you some.
    Fiona

    in reply to: Some Monarchs are very tough! #57157

    FiLeBeau
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    Well done regarding your efforts! Great work. I use Leukotape and tape the front and rear of the cap of the pupa onto a bamboo skewer secured in a large enough box. Other tapes are a bit toxic so I avoid those with additves like Zinc etc.

    Best wishes for the remaining pupa!
    Fiona

    in reply to: Glue for repairing a wing? #57156

    FiLeBeau
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    Hi I use a glue designed for leather or wood work – and its been successful in many wing repairs and replacements.
    I used another quick dry glue when I ran out recommended by a local retailer but it dissolved the wings. As did another contact cement πŸ™ So I dont mess around with alternatives anymore.
    I buy online from EBay USA or Aust and its about $NZ30. And it lasts for a season or two – or more if the lid is wiped and put on securely.

    = Weldwood THE ORIGINAL Contact Cement. I do recommend it.
    Do make sure its THE ORIGINAL Contact Cement as the new version nearly killed the Butterflies.

    Best wishes
    Fiona

    in reply to: Monarch butterfly predators #56906

    FiLeBeau
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    Well done you for your rescue of the MB. I have had 5 MB dismembered by birds since last year. Sparrows have been attacking them. My neighbour said she saw a thrush and blackbird peck all the pupae on a giant swanpant but not eat them. I hadn’t seen these behaviours at all in the last 10 years of supporting MBs. However this season I released two newborn MBs only to see a sparrow peck and kill them and not even eat them.
    I work hard for the MBs, Admirals, and Blues in my garden and I wont support the aggressors.So Ive decided to stop feeding seed to the sparrows which we have done for 20 years.
    Remarkably I saw a MB defend himself and fly feet first in the eye of a sparrow that was stalking him on the ground. The sparrow took off in fright. Bravo to the MB!
    I also saw a MB strike an intruding wasp with her wing whilst she was drinking from a flower. When the wasp tried to push her off the flower again she struck it again. When the wasp tried a third time she didnt even turn her head like the prior times and double struck it which sent it spiralling in the air. The wasp then went to another flower. She was so calm and didnt stop drinking the nectar – my utter RESPECT to her!!
    Kind regards – and welcome to the forum
    Fiona

    in reply to: Flowering butterfly tree #56512

    FiLeBeau
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    What genus is the tree Leslie?
    thanks Fiona

    in reply to: vegepod #56510

    FiLeBeau
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    Thanks Leslie – will follow up πŸ™‚

    in reply to: Mexican Flowering Daisy available?? #55969

    FiLeBeau
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    Thank you Jacqui!
    I will look out in the store for the cuttings in Autumn of Tagetes lemmonii and Montanoa grandiflora.
    And I will follow up with Kings seeds for Tithonia speciosa β€˜Goldfinger’.
    I’ll contact some nurseries for the giant Tithonia diversifolia – Mexican Tree marigold
    Thanks again πŸ™‚
    Fiona


    FiLeBeau
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    Im sorry to hear that sadly it seems like this butterfly has structural issues that cant be fixed. I am always so sorry to know that some are not abled to be helped by us. I hava couple here Im tending to here and will need to assess what in their best interest. I always have tears for them every season.
    We do this in love and it pricks the heart when it doesnt work out for them.
    Sending you thanks and appreciation for your work with these precious little beings.
    Aroha
    Fiona

    in reply to: Keeping an indoor caterpillar nursery #55873

    FiLeBeau
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    This is wonderful! Awesome news re your successful eclosing!
    I use a similar method when required covering tops of jars with waxed paper over the top and small holes punched in for the stalks to prevent drownings and taped down sides. I used to use glad wrap with elastic bands around the rime to hold it secure – but we’re trying not to go there now πŸ™‚
    Best wishes
    Fiona

    in reply to: Mesh to protect swan plants #55429

    FiLeBeau
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    I use the digital method with first aid gloves – plus a white “Insect Proof” netting called Conservation or Envirnomental Netting from Mitre 10. Good Luck and best wishes!

    in reply to: Wings Needed please #55368

    FiLeBeau
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    Hi Meghan
    Yes please I would appreciate receiving the wings you have.
    If you are outside of Wellington-Kapiti-Levin -could you post them at all?
    Otherwise and I can drive to get them.

    If posted I think bubble wrap or cotton wool in a take-away container might
    keep them safe.

    Thank you so much.
    Please feel free to text 027521 7071 or mail me at fcamberun@outlook.com
    Best wishes – Fiona

    in reply to: Where are the monarchs? #55212

    FiLeBeau
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    Numbers of Monarchs are very low this year in Kapiti.
    And no sightings of Red Admirals as yet.
    I have released 78 Monarchs (ratio about 2-male to 3-females). Plus one from Wellington.
    The last few years I have released two to three hundred by this time.

    Last year I rehomed 300+ caterpillars to Welligton higher altitude suburbs over Christmas thanks to help from Leslie. And I kept about 300 on site here.
    We had about 1800+ over the season (I dont have my log here so cant give the actual number).
    I had only two winter overs return this year – both female. Then my teen neighbour brought back 5 caterpillars from Katikati (2 femailes) – hence the 78 to be released.
    They have laid fertile eggs and I have nealy 200 caterpillars now for the next round.
    I dont have as many plants this year so I wil reach a limit sooner than ususal.
    Fiona

    in reply to: What is this Red-Orange Thin Waspy Insect #54894

    FiLeBeau
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    –Typo corrected. Apologies–
    I will protect in my sanctuary the Butterfly and Moth who have no teeth, no claws, no sting. There are plenty of slugs, flies, ants, spiders and earwings for those who predate to feast on. I dont think any of these are endangered by the way.
    They are welcome to live in my open garden but I have a No Fly/Crawl/Creep Zone for predators in the Butterfly zones.
    I have a limit. That may not suit other people but thats mine. It may not be politically correct in some/many members view but I stand for the Butterflies on this call.
    Due to the worst actions of human nature, “Nature” is out of balance. I throw my support behind the defenceless. I studied martial arts for many years I have no qualms about defending those who cant defend themselves.
    Thank you for your perspective and sharing it. It’s great that we can have differing views yet work cooperatively for the nectar drinkers in our neighbourhoods.
    Aroha
    Fiona

    in reply to: What is this Red-Orange Thin Waspy Insect #54892

    FiLeBeau
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    I will protect in my sanctuary the Butterfly and Moth who have no teeth, no claws, no sting. There are plenty of slugs, flies, ants, spiders and earwings for those who predate to feast on. I dont think any of these are endangered by the way.
    They are welcome to live in my open garden but I have a No Fly/Crawl/Creep Zone for predators in the Butterfly zones.
    I have a limit. That may not suit other people but thats mine. It may not be politically correct in some/many members view but I stand for the Butterflies on this call.
    Due to the worst actions of human nature, “Nature” is out of balance. I throw my support behind the defenceless. I studied martial arts for many years I have no qualms about defending those who cant defend themselves.
    Thank you for your persepctive and sharing it. It’s great that we can have differing views yet work cooperatively for the nectar drinkers in our neighbourhoods.
    Aroha
    Fiona

    in reply to: Where are the monarchs? #54876

    FiLeBeau
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    KAPITI UPDATE
    Monarchs usually show up in Kapiti mid to late December. This year the numbers are down.
    I have released 78 Monarchs since 12th December after (only) two winter over females turned up looking ragged, and 5 catz from Kati-Kati eclosed (2 female) that were brought here by a neighbour’s teenager and given to me to care for.
    They tend to lay eggs and then disperse, but unusually there are very few eggs.
    I currently only have 12 small catz that Ive taken off outdoor plants and moved to the large shadehouse.

    I remove predators on a daily basis but the earwigs and slugs are prevalent this year. Plus there are the usual spiders, weta, mantis, wasps… And a newbie for me – a couple of large, oval, speckled roach looking bugs about 2cms long. I removed a predatory wasp nest from the garden two weeks ago and am always on the lookout for them.

    Aphids are in my medium shadehouse – I am washing plants every week with sunlight soap and squash every 3rd day, giving them a break from the beastly things. A few aphids have moved into the large shadehouse but I squash them most days.

    Ive been given 7 large caterpillars to care for – one went J last evening.
    So hopefully the numbers of Monarchs will soon increase. I bring the pupae inside – as there is wind to deal with too, as well as predators.

    Heres to success – and to all your great work everyone!
    Fiona

    in reply to: What is this Red-Orange Thin Waspy Insect #54875

    FiLeBeau
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    Well it’s now on my Hit List.
    I must say I was surprised to see it flying in the dark…
    Thank you Leslie

    in reply to: Wings Needed please #54861

    FiLeBeau
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    Hey Lesie – I will follow up on SP luxeoil. It’s worth experimenting. I have some good wings – just a bit old – and some not so good ones that I’ll start with. Thank you.

    BTW ‘Karori’ aka Boris was flying well in the yard today and landing on trees and taking off again. I saw him resting on my large shadehouse roof – then flying down the orchard. I went and collected him and fed him nectar water a few times and then he loved nectaring from a clover.
    He is a geat character. He was lucky you were his primary carer – and blessed that his new wing has given him a new lease on life. Bless him.
    Aroha – Fiona

    in reply to: Slugs Eat newly born Monarchs' Wings #53864

    FiLeBeau
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    Sounds like a slug ate the whole lot of eggs doesnt it. Such a pity that the Butterflies are an endangered species and with so many predators and many challenges with the envirnoment, pesticides etc. The two newly born Monarchs were defenceless against the weight of the slugs. I will be more alert to slugs pesence now.
    I am happy to support the Butterflies and Moths as much as I can – they are the gentle fairy folk of the garden.

    I see that dragonflies – which I also love – also eat Butterflies. They might get downgraded off my Favourites List now – to Almost Favourite!

    As Im still not very well I wont be doing as much as usual. I’ll aim for 300-500 Monarchs this year instead of thousand/s as in other years. The garden is needing attention and Im praying for sun for the growth of plants that have survived winter.

    Best wishes to all for the season ahead.
    Fiona

    in reply to: First eggs today #53779

    FiLeBeau
    Participant

    Yes I saw two Monarchs laying eggs on that same day Leslie – here in Kapiti.
    And a Red Admiral on my deck too.
    It used to be late January-February here. Since they winter over across the road now its just a quick trot ‘home’ πŸ™‚
    But Im not ready….
    Fiona

    in reply to: monarch with slightly bent wings #53668

    FiLeBeau
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    WELL DONE Rebekah! Great news!

    I will trim broken or bent wings up to 40% to enable flying.
    But if a newborn with curved or bent wings from eclosing in a tight space
    can actually fly with no intervention thats my first test before I do anything.

    As an alternative to triming I also often spray bent or buckled wings with a quality hair spray and hold in firmly in my hand until they dry straight. It depends on the damage to the wings.[I cover the Butterfly’s face and body whilst I spray in two short bursts].

    Best wishes
    Fiona

    in reply to: Nectar Plants suit Wellington ?? #53494

    FiLeBeau
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    Thanks Jacqui! Yes Il lwill give then a try!! Fiona

    in reply to: Certificated Garden Centres #53460

    FiLeBeau
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    What a great process! Here’s to it taking hold here!
    The spray free nurseries where I live are very proud of their status.
    A tangible way to publicise this would be a great way to advertise the fact and let buyers/gardeners know.
    Fiona

    in reply to: Time to renew your sub! #53459

    FiLeBeau
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    Thanks for the reminder! DONE!!
    Fiona

    in reply to: Winter Nectar #53456

    FiLeBeau
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    Are these plants able to survive in the frosty and cold weather we have in the Welington area. Thank you Fiona

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