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  • in reply to: Admiral eggs #49336

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    Hi Carol
    Thanks for the update.
    It is always a challenge with these things. I have released 24 admirals over the last 2 weeks & was looking forward to seeing them on plants/ flowers in my garden. No such luck! I have no idea where they have gone & no sign of eggs on plants that are outdoors!

    Very good idea to get rid of the ants. Not sure what else would have taken out those cats.

    Have a good holiday & get in touch next year when you are back at school. Hopefully I will have some eggs or cats to send.

    Wendy

    in reply to: Plant netting #49304

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    I have 3 mosquito nets and find them really good. But do be aware that if your cats climb up the netting to pupate they could be vulnerable to parasitic wasps. I use old bits of sheets or whatever is around to cover the part of the net where there are cats.

    Wendy

    in reply to: Help nettles needed! #49269

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    Hi Jeanette
    Sorry to read this. What a nightmare! There is a chap in Chch Robert??? who does a lot of work with NZ butterflies. I got my first nettle seeds from him a few years ago. He has a FB page : TalknzButterfly.info.
    Try contacting him. I’m sure he will be able to help you out.
    Wendy

    in reply to: Admiral eggs #49266

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    Hi Carol. Pleased to hear they have arrived safely. I don’t remember putting a tiny one in! It must have been on the plant or one of the branches. The caterpillars camouflage themselves quite well. There was one tucked into an old dead leaf yesterday. Don’t worry if you can’t find them all straight away. Just put the plant & the oasis in amongst your nettle plants so they can find fresh food. Once the nettles are out of the box just double check the packaging. Look forward to seeing some pics on your blog.
    Wendy

    in reply to: Admiral eggs #49258

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    Hi Caryl
    I got the stickers at one of the $2 shops here in Cambridge! The last place I would have thought of looking, just saw them by chance when I went in to get some tape to secure the carton. I had already asked at the Post Shop and they didn’t have them.

    Wendy

    in reply to: Admiral eggs #49257

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    I have sent 6 cats, Carol. Hopefully at least 2 will be females. They are all about 3+ cm long, so easy to see, and very easy for predators to see!
    I used New Zealand Couriers in the end as their depot was much closer. They will be on their way now and should be delivered to your school tomorrow morning. I have put the phone number you gave me on the box. The delivery no. is 37627021.
    Fingers crossed it all goes to plan!

    Wendy

    in reply to: Admiral eggs #49253

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    Hi Caryl
    They were just very helpful about how long it would take to get the cats to Whangarei, & assured me if I labelled the carton fragile & this way up etc the cats would be ok. But all care, no responsibility, of course! The carton has those fragile stickers everywhere & I have also written live plants & live caterpillars on it.
    Wendy

    in reply to: Admiral eggs #49252

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    Hi Carol
    I will take the cats into Courier Post depot tomorrow arvo & they have told me they will be delivered to you the following morning, around 9 AM if all goes to plan.
    I will let you know tomorrow exactly how many I send, some will be on a smallish plant, some on nettle stalks in oasis. Just be really careful when you lift the plant & oasis out, & try & find/count the cats. Some may have fallen off during the journey & might be in the packaging. If you are moving the cats & you touch them, they curl into a ball & just freeze/play dead for up to 5 mins. So just leave them at the base of a plant. I use small pieces of card to scoop them up & move them if this happens. Fingers crossed it all goes to plan!
    Wendy

    in reply to: Admiral eggs #49248

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    Hi Carol
    I can courier them up to you tomorrow! Courier Post were really helpful.

    Can you email me the address they are going to & a contact ph no would be good to put on the box as well.

    wenbar@xtra.co.nz

    Wendy

    in reply to: Admiral eggs #49245

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    Hi Carol
    I will make enquiries tomorrow with Courier Post & hopefully will get some advice here also about safely sending some young cats.
    I really admire what you are trying to do & hopefully can send you 5 or 6 young cats, which will at least get you started. Happy to send eggs later, but at least if I can get some cats to you the children will be able to observe them before the long summer holidays. Ex school teacher here!!!

    Wendy

    in reply to: Admiral eggs #49242

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    Hi Carol
    Are you still interested in some Yellow Admiral cats? Let me know, as I would be happy to help out.

    Wendy

    in reply to: Admiral eggs #49166

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    Hi Carol. If I get a lot of eggs/cats I would be happy to send some up via courier. At this stage I’m still waiting for the first lot of eggs to hatch, they could be infertile. I am not seeing any butterflies around at the mo & haven’t had any more eggs laid on outside plants.
    Once you have seen the eggs & know what to look for, it’s usually easy to find them. They are usually laid on the tip of a ‘hair’ on the nettle leaf. So they are slightly above the leaf. Usually there are two eggs. When the sun is shining on them they reflect the light, so they are like tiny diamonds!

    Wendy

    in reply to: Dock plants #49137

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    Well that is really interesting! Do you ‘squash’ the nettles first before you apply them to where you got zapped?

    Dock plants are a curse, I swear their roots go all the way to China! Maybe you could collect leaves & freeze them? If you do get plants, put them in a pot & don’t let them go to seed!

    Wendy

    in reply to: Dock plants #49127

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    Hi Just curious as to why you want dock plants! I have them in my garden & they are a curse, so hard to get rid of. I’m guessing it is because it is supposed to relieve the sting from nettles? I tried that once after being zapped by Urtica Australis & it didn’t work! I just had to put up with a numb/tingling sensation on my hand for 12 or so hours. Gloves & long sleeves are the best defense!

    Wendy

    in reply to: Admiral eggs #49126

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    Hi Carol
    Where are you?

    I released over 40 yellow admirals late winter/early spring & have been all set to go with lots of nettles in pots for the last month or so, but just wasn’t getting any eggs. I have finally had some eggs laid on an Urtica Australis plant that has been wintering under some shrubs. I am just not seeing any admirals around at present. But you need to have lots of seedlings growing, because the annual nettle has a short life span.
    Good luck with your project & let us know how you get on.
    Wendy

    in reply to: nettles #49028

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    Hi Michelle
    I grow my nettles in pots, as it means I can have the cats under cover out of reach of predators. Barry is right, the plants have a short life span, but will get quite big & with lots of leaves if they get plenty of water & some type of animal manure. I have some plants in my vegie garden, which is where the admirals lay their eggs & I get my seedlings from there to put into pots. Once I notice the ‘tents’ on my outside plants, I cut the leaf or branch that has the cat & put it on a plant under cover.

    Good luck!
    Wendy

    in reply to: WASP and Yellow Admiral #48927

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    Thanks for the info Barry and others. My admiral cats were lucky to escape that predator, partly because most of them were under mosquito nets & also because they have been raised over winter. Very few predators around. Some cats were in the garden until late autumn & I did find a newly hatched small wasp-like insect with red/orange legs inside the mosquito net. I squashed it immediately. There has only been the one thank goodness. I looked it up and it was Echthromorpha intricatoria. Hope I got the spelling right! I think I am correct in saying that they lay one egg per caterpillar. I have never noticed them in my garden before, but will be on the look-out for them now!
    Wendy

    in reply to: Yellow Admiral update #48665

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    Hi Jacqui

    I am in Cambridge. It has been really interesting following these caterpillars. I was not sure what would happen after eggs were laid late autumn. It is certainly much easier for the caterpillars to survive in winter without all the predators!

    Wendy

    in reply to: How do admirals survive the winter? #48408

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    I was very surprised & delighted to find a Yellow Admiral butterfly inside the mosquito net that I have around plants/ cats/pupae in the garage today. I was not expecting any butterflies to hatch until spring, but it has been so mild here. There are about 17 more pupae in there, so it will be interesting to see what happens. Wendy

    in reply to: nettles #48393

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    Hi here
    I have previously just had Urtica Incisa and only reared Yellow Admirals. This Autumn I had a late lot of eggs laid on a few seedlings in my vegie garden. I did not have nearly enough feed for them, but thanks to Oratia Nursery in Auckland I have been able to get plants to sustain all the cats in those last few days! I am now a fan of Urtica Australis & hope I can grow it from seed. It has much bigger leaves.

    I have 2 groups of nettles, in pots under Mosquito nets. Last count I have 20 admiral pupae at the top of the nets. Over this past summer I was busy with other things & left it to nature & the predators won!

    I don’t find the nettle sting that bad. It doesn’t often get me as I usually wear gloves, but for me it is no worse than getting a rose thorn in your finger!

    Wendy

    in reply to: How do admirals survive the winter? #48325

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    I can only relate what I have observed this late Autumn after eggs from a Yellow Admiral were laid on nettles mid autumn. I have observed around 15 cats get to the stage of hanging in a J. They have been in sheltered areas, some in my garage, some in a very sheltered part of my deck,(well under cover). It is taking them at least 3 days to go from a J to a pupa. The weather has got progressively colder & I have 4 or 5 large cats that seem to be quite happy to stay in their nettle tents. It will be interesting to see what happens with the pupa. I will let you know if they hatch during winter.
    Wendy

    in reply to: Yellow Admiral pupa time #48296

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    Just a quick update. I have 4 pupae and another 5 that are in Js or about to. It seems to take them much longer from the time they climb up to the top of the mosquito net until they finally pupate. No doubt this is because of the cooler temps. They are all in the garage which is reasonably warm so it will be interesting to see if they wait until spring to hatch. Wendy

    in reply to: Yellow Admiral pupa time #48213

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    Hi Norm
    I am hoping I have avoided the parasite wasp, but that is very good info & I will keep watch. It sounds disgusting! These poor butterflies really are fighting a lot of predators! Paper wasps and Praying Mantis are the most prolific parasites here, but at this time of year they have pretty much disappeared. Not sure about that parasitic wasp though. Thanks for the info, I will read up on it. Wendy

    in reply to: Yellow Admiral pupa time #48212

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    Hi Barry
    Thanks for your reply & info. I am in Cambridge. We have been having a vey warm late autumn! As we are inland, the winter can get quite cold, frosts /fog etc. I am hoping the cats will get to the pupa stage before it gets really cold & then hatch in early spring. As you say, we can do our best but it is up to nature whether they make it or not. I will let you know how they get on. Wendy

    in reply to: Yellow Admiral pupa time #48203

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    I had no luck with Yellow Admirals over the summer, but had one? female Yellow Admiral visiting my nettles every day in early April. I now have 15+ cats. Some are on plants in the garage. Most are on plants in a very sheltered area on my deck, underneath a mosquito net. I am hoping they will survive the winter. The weather has been so mild so far. Any advice appreciated. Wendy

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