Fresh eggs

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  • #57372

    Melody
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    Watched a couple of very thin and tattered Monarchs visit swan plants yesterday. Saw one deposit an egg. Looked closer and realised there are at least half a dozen eggs total. What a surprise.

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  • #57428

    yvonnemcgillan
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    We’re in Whakatane and have eggs on our swan plants too! No sign of caterpillars yet, although we have the last chrysalis of the season. We’ve had monarchs visiting almost every sunny day during winter which has been delightful. I have noticed Monarchs overwintering at various spots around Whakatane.

    #57402

    Caryl
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    Mieta this is so interesting. I am in Wellington and for the first time since 2012 I have eggs in mid August. The females had laid eggs the first week of September every year. I have sprayed all my plants with a weak bleach solution yesterday as the black death visited last year and it was awful. Caryl

    #57399

    Jacqui
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    Sounds like you’ve got some good information there, Mieta. Could you please add your data to our database at http://www.mb.org.nz. It would be very useful You can adjust the date right back Thanks in advance if you will help !

    #57398

    Mieta
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    First butterfly laid a dozen eggs on my battered Swan Plant today in Christchurch. It was 18 September the first eggs were laid last season and 28 September the year before. I’m so glad to see them back!

    #57393

    Miranda
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    I have eggs in Papakura too. I even spotted a tiny caterpillar this afternoon, when I went to have a quick look for eggs. It’s a bit of a worry given the cold weather we’re supposed to get over the next few weeks.

    #57383

    Caryl
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    Tonight I returned from 4 weeks of house sitting and in the dark reached for a torch to search for eggs and yes I have some too – this is the earliest I’ve ever had them in Wellington. Thankfully a lot of my plants have survived the winter and are looking good. Caryl

    #57380

    Jacqui
    Moderator

    Please send them my way! I have some luscious plants here waiting for them. 🙂

    Blockhouse Bay.

    #57378

    Melody
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    West Auckland

    #57375

    Jacqui
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    Whereabouts are you Melody?

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