Leslie

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  • in reply to: Monarch Documentary #26490

    Leslie
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    You’re welcome : )

    in reply to: butterfly has not pumped up it's wings–can I help it? #26485

    Leslie
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    Robin, you will probably have the answer by now.
    They need a clear space to hang, and pump up their wings. If the space is restricted when they emerge, it can have disastrous consequences. I have found that there is nothing we can do to help when this happens as the wings “set” very quickly, and if theyre crumpled, they will set crumpled . They are not ready to feed . I find the kindest thing is the fridge and then the freezer, if they are never going to fly straight.

    in reply to: Ants are a pest… #25921

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    I had an ant incident yesterday. A caterpillar had gone into its J , a little early I thought ~ and I isolated it and put it into a jar on a ledge . Next thing i noticed was that as it was going into chrysalis, ants were all over it. They were definitely ants. Perhaps the chrysalis was a ” “malfunction ” anyway and the ants were just doing their job.

    I have also had quite a few caterpillar deaths in the last few days and am combing my leaves and branches for what it could be. I found one small black beetle with yellow spots, and a tiny mantis. But still 3 more dead uns this morning. You have to be very careful inspecting the foliage that you put the caterpillars on, when using clippings from plants grown outside . !!

    in reply to: Wasp Traps #25850

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    Yes well I dont really think we need photographic evidence of that story ! Thanks for all the relevant information Darren ! and Norm and Terry as well ~ the topic is so crucial to our butterfly husbandry . My new wasp trap looks fabulous. But since installing it Ive only seen one wasp in my garden and despite changing the liquid after a couple of days , theres nothing caught. I m wondering if it isnt a visual deterrent as well , but will keep you all posted on the efficacy soon as Ive caught something !! and i will definitely try to never sit on a wasp.

    in reply to: Wasp Traps #25823

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    The product ( made in NZ ) recommends sugary fruit water in the bottle and the insert has a wee spike on the outside to add a piece of raw meat. Also says add a drop of mild dish soap to the fruit mix …not sure whats thats for, maybe to make it all slippery ??
    So for anyone interested , their email address is tollesbury@xtra.co.nz Tel 09 4764429

    in reply to: Trimming swan plants..? #25589

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    HEY Ryan, I have a theory that those awkward tops are just asking to be nipped off . You notice when it rains heavily some plants just fall over ~ or tops bend over, well Ive found that if you pinch that bit out the plant will be better balanced .. just a theory of course !

    in reply to: Te Puna QuarryFest #25529

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    This reminds me….. several people have asked me where can they buy unsprayed swanplants ~
    ( I didnt know , off the cuff ), but it might be a useful thing to publish a list somewhere of local suppliers ??

    in reply to: Wooden Monarch butterfly #25235

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    Someone should manufacture these like they did in the fifties ~ then every house could have one ! What DID happen to all those house butterflies ?

    in reply to: Sad, my caterpillars are dying #25042

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    Well done for trying Mike !! It really is not ideal weather. However,,,, I just tagged and released two monarchs today, fine healthy specimens ~ a male and a female. I have been keeping them inside my house at night, and had got them both drinking nectar water droplets out of the centre of daphne flowers. Delightful watching their little proboscis fishing for a drink! Last night was so warm ~ 10 degrees, and this morning so beautiful , it had to be D day. At the moment of their release, another one appeared from over the hedge ! Joy of Spring !

    in reply to: Unseasonal admiral #24924

    Leslie
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    Im in Kati Norm. I have a couple of teeny nettles that I am encouraging in my vege garden , but I am now on the lookout for more !

    in reply to: Unseasonal admiral #24909

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    Hi Norm ~ How do you tell the difference ?? Id like to get some admirals happening at my place this year ! Right now Ive got a monarch chrysalis and 2 more still eating on a plant Ive brought inside … is this unusual for july ?? It does feel like a mild winter , and seems pretty much over now, in Bay of Plenty anyway.

    in reply to: Very quiet here #24865

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    The latest NZ Geographic magazine ( July – Aug ) has a FANTASTIC article on TUIS. Fabulous photos, and an anatomical explanation of their singing abilities. ……Links to Woofwoof the talking tui, …….And some not- so- nice references to unspeakable acts by other birds.

    in reply to: Very quiet here #24832

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    NOT Quiet here ! One of my youngsters is now 4cms… The others are a little more reserved
    but still chomping away on the swanplant I brought inside … AND We had our first mini frost today. Tuis are having a field day on our acacias and cherry blossom trees , kakas say hello every morning , and the fantails are forever everyones Best Friend. Come to Katikati !!!!

    in reply to: Rearing caterpillars in cages #24682

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    Ok Im sold. I’ll definitely be in for the second order. ! Yes , I remember the wow factor when I first saw Mary P’s little “travelling show ” ~ butterflies on live flowers in a small netted carrying case. Must be especially Wow for city folks who dont see so many . Wouldnt it be great if all primary schools had one ! ……Thanks Darren.

    in reply to: Rearing caterpillars in cages #24676

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    Hi Darren Im interested in the castles too, but was wondering whether black netting makes better viewing … Do you like the white netting ??

    in reply to: On the tagging of butterflies… #24382

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    Hey Kirby, ( and Im sure other folks too) theres a reallly cool place in Ngongotaha , near Rotorua called WINGSPAN where they rehabilitate injured birds of prey ; in particular our native species of falcon ~ the Karearea… ( have you ever seen one up close ??) and every day at 2pm they fly the birds and put on an info show ! Its a spectacular place to visit and take photos. Even if you cant get there though, check out wingspan.co.nz I TOTALLY recommend it ..

    in reply to: McDonalds and Monarchs? #24261

    Leslie
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    Ha ha Darren Me too, tagging, brain twisted, noticed the monarch on the coffee packet and bought that one instead of my usual !

    in reply to: Submission against mining #24221

    Leslie
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    Hear Hear. Very well compiled Jacqui. Thanks to you for representing many New Zealanders who dont always take the time to speak out. This government proposal is insanity for a country which is aiming high at Eco Tourism. !

    in reply to: Help in Tauranga Area #23569

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    Warehouse in Fraser Cove have some good bushy plants for $3.50 at the moment. I couldnt verify that they were not sprayed but the ones I bought are being devoured with gusto..

    Cheers, Leslie

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