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  • in reply to: Stinging Nettle Christchurch #55497

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    Got a little bit but not much, might have to go searching up on the port hills on the weekend.

    in reply to: Gone again #54794

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    Also if this keeps happening you may need to take the caterpillars inside or buy a caterpillar castle to protect them from predators.

    in reply to: Gone again #54793

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    Paper wasps take them away to feed there young.

    in reply to: Swan plants, Christchurch #54738

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    Great News.

    in reply to: Swan plants, Christchurch #54736

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    Gazza I’m in Christchurch and have heaps of eggs, let me. know if you want some eggs or caterpillars or want to bring a potted plant around for them to lay eggs on, I guess releasing nearly 200 butterflies so far they are coming back.

    in reply to: Lack of butterflies this year #53936

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    Here in Christchurch I have had over 200 caterpillars, these were eggs left by the overwintering butterflies. I haven’t seen any butterflies for a good couple of weeks now and the chrysalids are taking a while due to the cooler weather. Maybe the seasons are starting later due to climate change lol

    in reply to: Butterfly breeding house for sale #53745

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    What part of NZ are you in?

    in reply to: A. syriaca – Common Milkweed #53740

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    I just received my A.syriaca seeds from Richters. So happy.

    in reply to: Buddleja varieties #53722

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    In the golf course over my back fence there is a Buddleia salviifolia Bush that is in flower for a while now and.ery fragrant with lavender coloured flowers that the monarchs and other butterflies have been nectaring on over winter.

    in reply to: Buddleja varieties #53721

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    Hi Barry,
    I see no one has replied to your question, I don’t know if this is any use to you but this is the best I an find when I search the Web.
    http://www.daleharvey.com/Directory/A-Z+of+Plants/B/Buddleia.html

    in reply to: Caterpillars "folding", dying. #53695

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    Charlotte, I had my caterpillars die at the beginning of last season, they just stopped eating one after another and just sat there, they were getting darker until a they died with a black liquid coming out of them which I thought it is there blood. I’m pretty sure now after reading your NPV symptions that that is what it was. I just thought it was strange how they stopped eating basically one after the other but makes sense since it is catchy. I only had a couple from that lot make it to butterfly as the others I must of moved to a different plant in time. The next lot of caterpillars I had from then all turned out fine. They were all raised outside in the garden.

    in reply to: monarch with slightly bent wings #53694

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    Would hairspray conta8n chemicals that could affect the butterfly?

    in reply to: Can I mount chrysalids on a cork board? #53693

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    This is how they hang them at a butterfly park, as you can see it gives the enough room tho hang when they eclose.

    https://www.spain-holiday.com/Benalmadena-Pueblo/articles/visiting-the-butterfly-park-benalmadena

    in reply to: Help needed please #53692

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    Thanks button like on this forum 🙂

    Introducing the “Thanks” Button on XDA

    in reply to: Help needed please #53691

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    I think it would be good if users can add photos to there posts and also there should be a thanks button on the bottom of each users replies so you know if the comment was helpful or not. Just a few suggestions that I think would be useful.

    in reply to: RED ADMIRAL CATERPILLARS #53690

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    Urtica ferox seeds are available here if anyone is looking for them. https://nzseeds.co.nz/products/urtica-ferox

    in reply to: eggs already! #53689

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    Sounds like it’s going to be a long season.im watching the monarchs from my backyard feeding on a Budleia plant here in Christchurch and thinking it probably won’t be long until they start laying eggs here again soon.

    in reply to: Tagging #53688

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    When do the tags get sent out the earliest? I have some tags over from this season so I may just use those tags for February as an experiment to see if I can find any butterflies next winter, the only one of my tagged butterflies found from this season was one that was found dead on the footpath. I’ve been to every location I can think of where the butterflies have been over wintering and have spotted any, I’m beginning to think if it’s a waste of time tagging them.

    in reply to: A. syriaca – Common Milkweed #53578

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    Thanks milkweed

    in reply to: A. syriaca – Common Milkweed #53565

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    I’ve placed an order through richters, just hope it makes it through security.

    in reply to: A. syriaca – Common Milkweed #53557

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    Does anyone have seeds for this plant.

    in reply to: Killing Insects #53394

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    When I first started breeding monarchs again since I was a kid I had the first lot in Easter 2017, they started of well but the weather got colder and they took a long time to grow, it got so cold every single one of them died. The next lot I had at the start of the next season was eating a lot faster from the previous ones I had and they got bigger but something that I don’t know about happened to them and about 14 5th instar caterpillars stopped eating and died, I think it was black death. Out of that lot I did have 2 or 3 make it to butterfly and I was finally so glad to see some success. The next lot I had there were a lot of them and they grew fast, the first one out of them made a chrysalis but then I noticed a centipede on the side of it and the chrysalis was bleeding green fluid out of the side of it, that one lost too much blood and ended up shriveling up and fell to the ground and died. From then I had about 70 in a row make it to butterfly before I saw another one not make it, I was so pleased that I finally saw success. So after going through all this when I see a caterpillar that doesn’t make it I just think oh well that isn’t mean’t to be and focus on the ones that are doing well. Just wanted to share my story.

    in reply to: All wings bent over to the right. #52969

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    The place I’m in now, I’ve been here since November and there are lots of ants all over the neighbour hood, the ants like to go for the nectar from the Swan plant flowers and they take baby caterpillars probably before they get the toxically in them. One advantage is that they clean up the caterpillars that have died and they will also go for sick ones. The last place I was in had no ants.

    in reply to: Global Warming & Milkweed Chemical Changes #52968

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    I just planted some tropical milkweed in the garden, I’m kid of disappointed of the darker leaves and how they don’t grow as tall as swan plants. These will probably be the only tropical milkweed plants I will be keeping, I much prefer the giant swan plants with the bigger leaves than swan plants and they can grow taller.

    in reply to: All wings bent over to the right. #52948

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    I had one that emerged from the chrysalis overnight that was lying on the ground in the garden bed, when I say the butterfly the wings dried all bent to one side. I left him on the blueberry Bush overnight and the next morning I saw him down on the base of the plant. I picked him up by the wings but that was all there was, I think the ants had the rest of him. I suppose it’s better that way since he wouldn’t off been able to fly like a butterfly is suppose to.

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