Monarch health

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    Jacqui
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    A friend in the US has just drawn this website to our attention:

    http://www.monarchparasites.org/

    It’s excellent for learning more about our Monarchs. While some of the things I don’t do (gloves and sterilisation, for example, and removal of all pests on my milkweed) there are some excellent points to pick up on.

    Cheers

    Jacqui

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    Jacqui
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    Things like that are sure worth a try.

    J.

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    Shaun
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    It’s a chemical compound used for the control of certain protozoans. I’ve used it in the past for treating conditions in tropical fish such as Hexamita (I used to be a professional fish breeder). It’s sold under the brand name Flagyl:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flagyl

    I was wondering if it could be sprayed onto the swan plant leaves so that the caterpillars ingested it as, during that stage of O.e.’s life cycle it’s all inside the monarch rather than being present as exterior spores as it is on adults. I’d hoped that this could result in O.E. free monarchs. However, Chip Taylor told me that they’d not had any luck with it. Oh well, at least it shows I was on the right track if they’d tried the same thing. 🙂

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    Jacqui
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    What is Metronidazole, Shaun?

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    Shaun
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    I guess I should have posted that URL myself. I discovered it a while back and have actually been in email contact with Chip Taylor (he’s credited with some of the pics in the O.e. section) to discuss an idea I had about using Metronidazole to control O.e. in monarch populations. LOL, seems that they’ve tried it, but to try to control another protozoan parasite that infects monarchs, Nosema. It didn’t work. 🙁

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