Female Laying Today – Wellington

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    Caryl
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    I was surprised today to see a female laying eggs on 2 of my healthy remaining swan plants. This is very late in the season. She wasn’t very battered either. I assume butterflies are already in winter over sites here and it makes me wonder if females can lay their eggs when they emerge from diapause on sunny days. It was a maximum of fourteen degrees here. Caryl

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    mattie
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    Same here in Auckland a couple of days ago. Healthy looking female spent sometime around my plants but I could only find one quite large egg.

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    Caryl
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    Hi Leslie, It’s unusual I think. Today I was reading about the monarchs awakening from diapause in Mexico and it said they do so at ten degrees. That’s cold. Here I think it’s a few degrees higher that they emerge to nectar. The females we’ve had would be wintering over surely and only appearing on sunny days. Hope all is well with you. This site is notifying replies to posts it seems.

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    LeslieD
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    Hi Caryl .. i’ve had a female laying eggs here in karori too. I assumed she was confused by the great autumn we have had and mated ..

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