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    I found a small caterpillar on the outside of my netting and believe it must have been from an egg laid outside. It was quickly transferred inside away from the wasps. The blighters have got a couple of cats crawling up the netting to J. A neighbour gave me one of those bat zappers which I find stuns the wasps and then they have to be dispatched.

    in reply to: Where have they come from? #53066

    mattie
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    Hi all, my plants are not where anyone can rehouse cats and are quite open so there is no way the cats could grow to the size they have without being seen. I did wonder if an egg was laid on a pod if the newly hatched could get inside the pod and grow without being seen but I can’t find any pods with exit holes !

    in reply to: synergies of populations of caterpillars #52426

    mattie
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    Hi Leslie
    I have the same thing happening to me. I have found over the last few month that the Cats are not eating much and they are dying for no obvious reason, also I have plants under netting and I know the wasps can’t get in but the number of live cats drops almost daily. Have never had this before. Always found plenty of cats and plenty of new butterflies. This all seems to have happened since November and I wondered if it was anything to do with higher temperatures.

    in reply to: Sprayed swan plants from garden centre #52070

    mattie
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    Hi JaniceS I had the same problem. Bought three plants on Thursday as going away for the weekend and placed them next to my cuttings. The cats moved over on their own accord but then I started to see them dying. Rung the Plant Centre who said they had only come in on Tuesday and definately hadn’t been sprayed. The only thing I can put it down to is that the new plants were naturally more toxic then the ones I had been using.

    in reply to: Less Monarchs? #51221

    mattie
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    Hi. I am in Titirangi Auckland and have had eggs for about 6 days and I also found a wasp amongst the plants this morning. Monarchs flying around the garden in ones and twos.

    in reply to: Sunny weather Butterflies are out #51090

    mattie
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    These last caterpillers have all been raised inside and hatched inside but so far two out of the four which have so far hatched have been unable to fly due to deformed wings. I suspect it is the time of the year. These are the last of many hundreds I have raised.

    in reply to: Uneven wings #50292

    mattie
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    Jacqui, I trimmed her wing this morning and she was such a little butterfly but ooh the joy when she took off. She flew round and round just loving the fact she could soar, great to see as I had just euthanised one with curled wings.

    in reply to: Newly hatched butterflies dying #50042

    mattie
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    I wonder if it has something to do with the succulent they started life on?

    in reply to: Swan Plant Seeds – Wellington #50007

    mattie
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    Hi Leslie, are you in the Auckland area by any chance? Looking for swan plant cuttings to feed hungry cats.

    in reply to: Swan Plant cutting #49977

    mattie
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    Hi Jacqui, had a look on FB but couldn’t find Charlotte’s posting.

    in reply to: Brand New Butterfly Mating – Not Quite #49861

    mattie
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    I am very wary of who I put out together and where as I once put a male and a female out on the same plant quite close together and yes the inevitable happened and I though ‘give the poor female a chance!’she had only just got her wings.

    in reply to: tagging monarchs #49832

    mattie
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    I’m assuming that any plants that have eggs on now will end up hatching as Monarchs in March and available for tagging.Some of my regenerated plants are heavily egged so if the the eggs don’t disappear I will put them under netting shortly.

    in reply to: Lack of pattern on my monarch's wing #49816

    mattie
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    Have a photo on my cell phone but don’t know how to download so anyone can see it. Have sent a photo to Jacqui. If anyone else wants a photo I need an email address.
    But yes that is one way of knowing if she comes back.

    in reply to: Lack of pattern on my monarch's wing #49812

    mattie
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    Wow. Success, she has flow off at last. Such a relief.

    in reply to: Lack of pattern on my monarch's wing #49810

    mattie
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    I don’t think she is going to make it. There doesn’t seem to be enough strength in her wing for flight.

    in reply to: Collecting eggs #49799

    mattie
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    Jacqui, do you find the eggs take generally the same length of time to hatch or does the temperature make a difference?

    in reply to: Chinese paper wasps #49547

    mattie
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    hi Jacqui. My wasp trap worked last year for the wasps and I also caught a load of flies! I hung it up again last week and it fell and broke. Was going to go get another but would be interested in finding one especially for the paper wasp, as they have got a couple of my caterpillars through the netting. Mine are just starting to hatch now and would also be interested in tagging.

    in reply to: J Caterpillar, dying, dissolving, not forming chrysalis #49531

    mattie
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    Hi Bronwyn, if the plants in your garden aren’t protected by netting, the J caterpillars may be being attacked by wasps or similar. I have had two J’s attacked by wasps when they were hanging on the inside of the netting.

    in reply to: Help! All our caterpillars are dying :( #49508

    mattie
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    I bought three plants from a new supplier recently and none of my caterpillars moved on to them so I put them outside and even the monarch’s wont lay eggs on them. I have watched them fly around the garden and they just wont land on these three plants. I am in Titirangi, Auckland

    in reply to: What to do once they hatch #49495

    mattie
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    I find after they have hatched they will sit on a finger and can be tranferred outside to a nearby bush.

    in reply to: Chinese paper wasps #49493

    mattie
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    I bought a wasp trap from mitre 10. It is a plastic bowl with small holes and hangs in a tree. You can put a little meat, cat food or similar inside and water goes in the bottom. When they get in they can’t get out. Not very expensive. Or try the sticky fly paper to hang close by. This year I have only seen two wasps so far.(in Auckland) One took a caterpillar on the netting about to turn.

    in reply to: Proboscis not joined #49488

    mattie
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    Hi Leanned, how did your lovely female get on? Did she survive?

    in reply to: So many caterpillars, not enough plants! #49480

    mattie
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    Hi Egilbert.
    I found King’s Plant Barn still had plants for $1.99 with at present a discount on all plants. If you do go, look for plants in the middle hopefully without more eggs, or as suggested, cull any new ones.

    in reply to: where are the wasps? #49431

    mattie
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    I’m in Auckland and have lost one caterpiller to a wasp. It was on the netting about to turn into a chrysalis but not the same problem as last year so far. Have now bought many inside to keep an eye on them.

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