OE and Milkweed Victoria Australia

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  • #45817

    roving_gypsy
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    Hi everyone,
    I recently purchased 3 Monarch chrysalises from a business in Melbourne Australia (I live there). The first to emerge couldn’t open its wings. After some research I learned about OE. I suspect at least one of the other 2 has it too.
    Is there a treatment/cure? Should I euthanise?
    Also, Milkweed is not sold here and I’m struggling to find the right variety in the wild. I’ve ordered some seeds but I’m keen to get an established plant ASAP!
    I’m keen to start a breeding program and would love some advice from experienced breeders. Thanks 😊
    Gypsy-Lea

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  • #45828

    David
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    Roving Gypsy, We are in Mont Albert, fairly close by Melbourne standards. Give me a call 0420487178 please. I should think we will have half a dozen small swan [about 100mm high] plants for you. They will not be ready for cats until late summer at best and probably better to be kept on to be big plants for the following season.

    #45825

    roving_gypsy
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    I’m in Croydon 3136

    #45823

    David
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    Hi Roving Gypsy. I live in Melbourne and have some swan plant, including a couple of small self sown that are ok size for transplanting. Where in Vic are you?

    #45820

    roving_gypsy
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    Oh and the reason I suspect the other one has it is that it has turned black and brown and green. It almost looks rotten. Not at all like the healthy one.

    #45819

    roving_gypsy
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    Thanks for the feedback.
    We don’t use any pesticides at home, other than snail bait which the chrysalises haven’t been near. Nor have they been near the plants the bait surrounds.
    I’ve contacted the breeder and she is going to send more.
    The third one looks ok. Fingers crossed.

    #45818

    Jacqui
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    Hi Roving Gypsy

    The butterfly that couldn’t open its wings should definitely be euthanased. I am not sure why you suspect one of the other two has Oe, but there could be other causes.

    I strongly suggest you go back to the person who sold you the pupae so that he or she knows that this has happened. Most people are responsible and will appreciate your communication.

    A friend of mine was horrified when her monarchs emerged and were damaged and found out that it was the pesticide in her home that had probably done the damage!

    Hope the others are okay.

    Jacqui

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