GaynorTait

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  • in reply to: Very late in season for butterflies #57122

    GaynorTait
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    Hello all, I have just released another 2 Female Butterflies., and still have 10 more Chrysalis’s and 14 Caterpillars in the castles in our big shed, which faces the west, so they get all the afternoon sun and some of the morning Northerly sun. Most of the Chrysalis have been hanging for at least 4 Weeks. Some could be a bit longer. Like others, I wonder how much longer they can go to complete their cycle.
    The temperatures have dropped, but we are still getting a lot of fine sunny days . We have not had much rain here in Gisborne.
    The Chrysalis’s are given a spray of water every 2nd day, so the do not get dry and hard.
    This year has certainly been very different . At this time other years, we would be finished tagging etc. ( To date, I have released 220 Butterflies this year.

    in reply to: Very battered female Monarch found on "castle" #56507

    GaynorTait
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    Yes Jacqui I did, but Maurice found it on the ground this morning, (had obviously tried to fly again ) , so he did the kindest thing by putting it in the freezer to Euthanase it.

    in reply to: Where are the monarchs? #54035

    GaynorTait
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    The last Monarchs I had in the garden, must be at least 2 months ago. There are simply none to be seen around here in Gisborne. So disappointing as usually I would have released over 100 butterflies by now.!
    Those I had must have been Males.
    My 9yr old Great grandaughter in Sydney, asked me last night how my Butterflies were.
    When I told her that I had none, and lots of other people in NZ had none as well, she said , ” Perhaps the birds are eating them Nanny or the rain might have been too heavy for them ” She then said ” I hope you have got some when we come next time ” She continued to say she had seen a butterfly at her school, and it was an ORANGE and BLACK ” one.( Do Monarchs “live” in Australia.??) Hopefully , some will come soon. It is so strange not have Monarchs flying around the garden.

    in reply to: Tagged butterfly on back lawn. #53215

    GaynorTait
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    Thank you Leslie and Jacqui for your replies. Really appreciated getting them. Also the butterfly that had started to emerge, I found was rather deformed. It’s wings were barely one centimeter ‘square ‘. Had to dispose of it ,as it was dead.

    in reply to: Two " Black ''Chrysalis' not emerging #53075

    GaynorTait
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    Jacqui, Thank you for that. I will remove them tomorrow.

    in reply to: All wings bent over to the right. #52958

    GaynorTait
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    Sorry to hear that Matt. It certainly is the survival of the fittest in our insect world. Are you plagued with ants too ? we have hundreds in all gardens, and in the canary aviary too. As Caryl said to me in one of posts, “we who love butterflies. go through highs and lows, happiness and sadness.”

    in reply to: Euthnased my Butterfly with bent wings #52922

    GaynorTait
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    Thank you Leslie and Caryl for your words. Yes it is hard to do , but you know you are being kinder to the butterfly in the long run. As you said Leslie, it could have had a disastrous end to its life. That is the only crippled one I have had this year. Released
    8 Bright healthy ones yesterday.

    in reply to: All wings bent over to the right. #52895

    GaynorTait
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    Maurice my husband found our butterfly with bent wings,Fluttering across the back lawn this morning. He put it near flowers again. If it is still not able to do more tomorrow, sadly it may be kinder to euthanase it.

    in reply to: All wings bent over to the right. #52885

    GaynorTait
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    Thank you for your reply Caryl. Before we went out to do a couple of things in “town” we moved the butterfly onto Purple Michaelmas daisy. Watched it getting Nectar, which was great. On returning home, it was nowhere in sight. Both my husband and I have looked everywhere, but with no result. Even looked in and around the violets, the daisy and all around the path and area. Just hope he has been able to do a short “Fly ” and that he is ok. An old 91year old man told us a few weeks ago, that he found a soldier beetle in a caterpillar.

    in reply to: A lot later to release Monarchs. #52829

    GaynorTait
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    I am in Gisborne Caryl, where our weather is still very warm, but I will keep a watch on weather and do as Rob suggests and bring what I can indoors. Will watch for diseased ones too. Thank you for your in put.

    in reply to: A lot later to release Monarchs. #52821

    GaynorTait
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    Thanks Rob. We have so many caterpillars , and chrysalis hanging, and caterpillars from tiny babies to large ones , we will just have to cover them, if looks like frost later on in a months or so.

    in reply to: Red Admiral Butterfly. #51351

    GaynorTait
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    Thanks for that Jacqui. We have lots of flowers , of lovely bright colours for them all. Bees are busy too.
    Where would I get a nettle plant from ?

    in reply to: Ants and Snails. #50172

    GaynorTait
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    I have no Ladybirds of the orange and black spotted kind, but have a very small number of the teal blue ones that love the Lemon tree. Would they eat the aphids too?
    We have been over run with ants in the garden and Canary aviary. ( Zinnias) are alive with ants, as are other flowers. Have put ” never wrong ” in covered containers with small holes punched in them in the aviary. This has proved successful., so could do the same in the castles.
    We wonder if the minute snails are on the undersides of the leaves , when we put new plants from outside in the castle.

    in reply to: Deformed Monarchs. #50104

    GaynorTait
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    Jacqui , these are the first two deformed butterflies this year, and approximately 3 have died. Have released 54 beautiful butterflies. Not as many as I did last year, as I feel this year the monarchs I have had to lay eggs have been very scarce.
    Thank you for your informative reply.

    in reply to: Why butterflies die in chrysalis'? #48131

    GaynorTait
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    Thank you for your reply. Yes they are outside in their castles. Was saddened last week when I tagged and released a beautiful, bright male, and he flew straight into a large cobweb. I saved him from that , and then realised he had only 3 1/2 legs, and found it difficult to fly, as he kept flopping to one side, and had no balance.

    in reply to: Tagging 2016 #47432

    GaynorTait
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    2 days ago I tagged a monarch to release, but found the tag hard to stick to wing. I re caught the monarch and gently pressed the tag onto the wing again. This time was a success. —– but today while out checking the castles, I walked passed the ‘maize’ coloured Buddleia, and there it was on the buddleia minus it’s tag. Why, would this happen?? I recognised it because of the slight colour change of wing where the tag had been. Also had to euthanize two monarchs because 1 had deformed legs and could not stand . Had been caught in a spider web., and the other kept falling to one side, and ending up on it’s back. Put them in the freezer. Has anyone else got problems of baby snails in castles eating swan plants?

    in reply to: Tagging 2016 #47226

    GaynorTait
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    See there are only two of us tagging here in Gisborne. I have told several to get in contact, re tagging but they obviously have not. Shame.I have just tagged and released another 4. (2 F and 2 M )

    in reply to: Deformed Monarchs #43666

    GaynorTait
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    I have just released a beautiful healthy female monarch butterfly, then discovered we had a grossly deformed butterfly in the castle with very crumpled wings. Put it in the freezer to stop it from suffering.

    in reply to: 38 Chrysalis' plus at least 9 Caterpillars. #43512

    GaynorTait
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    No Jacqui, I didn’t. But after having a number of deformed butterflies, The ones now are perfect. Just hope the many caterpillars fed on the aternative food are OK.

    in reply to: Deformed butterflies are starting to emerge #42539

    GaynorTait
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    Thankyou for that Jacqui. I have also listened to the video about monarchs medicating themselves. Very interesting.
    I see where a lot of others have had the same experience too.
    We had a lot of yellow aphids on some of the plants which I squashed, — also a lot of very small flying insects ?? the adult of the aphids in the castle . Could they have brought disease?

    in reply to: Where are the Monarchs? #41422

    GaynorTait
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    This year we have destroyed at least 5 wasp nests. Are saddened to only have
    about 3 or4 butterflies and so few caterpillars. We have rescued about 20 from swan plants in garden, to the trees in our Castle. Last year we had released at least 100 butterflies before the tags were sent out.WE were constantly sourcing new trees last year, and this year we have got in an abundance to be prepared,–
    but the wasps are destroying the young before they have a chance. Must watch tonights programme on TV3.

    in reply to: Large(size of monarch),Charcoal Grey Moth #23304

    GaynorTait
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    It visited during lunch time (mid day), and was so eager to break free ,I did not want it hurt by trying to hold it. My cat named Mischief , would love to catch it and play with it!!
    Thank you for your help, and yes I will take a photo if I am lucky enough to see it again.
    Cheers, Gaynor.

    in reply to: Large(size of monarch),Charcoal Grey Moth #23288

    GaynorTait
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    Sorry I meant MOTH not butterfly!!!
    Cheers, Gay

    in reply to: Large(size of monarch),Charcoal Grey Moth #23287

    GaynorTait
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    Thankyou Norm, a beautiful butterfly, but not what I saw. It was a lot darker in colour and had distinct circles on outer edges of wings in a lighter grey. Maybe it will remain a mystery unless I happen to see it again or one the same.
    Have a good day all.
    Regards,
    Gaynor Tait, Gisborne.

    in reply to: Large(size of monarch),Charcoal Grey Moth #23271

    GaynorTait
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    Thankyou Norm, I have not heard of them. It proves that one can never stop learning!! Would they live in eg silver birch or other trees as well?
    In my book "A Concise Guide To Butterflies and Moths" by Elizabeth Balmer, the closest I could find was a Black Witch (ascalapha odorata), but it was also in brown and metalic blue colouring., which was not right.—- and mainly were in America and Canada, although are known to migrate long distances.

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