Chrisalis

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    Hang something underneath hatching chrysalises that the butterflies can climb up if they fall off. I use stretchy plant ties.

    in reply to: looking for caterpillars for my plants #42397

    Chrisalis
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    Have a look for eggs. If you find some, predators are probably eating your cats before you see them. If so, you could take leaves and/or branches with eggs inside for hatching then fatten them up before putting them out on your plants.

    Predators are so bad where I am, that only two butterflies have emerged without my help this season.

    in reply to: Where are the Monarchs? #41207

    Chrisalis
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    You’re more likely to see wasps than caterpillars on my swan plants. I brought in an egg and a first instar cat yesterday, but never see anything larger. The few butterflies we do see here have probably spent some time in my kitchen.

    in reply to: No monarchs seen yet #41052

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    A scraggy last season female enjoying some sunshine by my gate today. There have been a few around. Probably ex my coffee table. Two chrysalises maturing in the garden where I put some fat cats, probably have some siblings near by.

    Brought two eggs and a new cat in today, all I could find. Put a mantis in the conservatory to fatten up on my pests.

    in reply to: monarch depositing eggs #40433

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    She got trapped in my porch today. Very lucky I happened to be home at the time.

    I haven’t seen any cats that I brought inside yesterday. They will be there, but they are only one or two days old and will be hard for me to see.

    in reply to: monarch depositing eggs #40417

    Chrisalis
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    In Katikati.

    Lots of wasps around, so today I brought cats and eggs inside to give the local monarchs a head start for the season.

    The sole female laying today seemed to be quite comfortable visiting whatever plants I was near and spent a lot of time within easy reach. I wondered if she was of the many that took a ride outside on my finger.

    in reply to: Watch out for Aussies #38774

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    Sounds like the Aussies need protection from the NZ Butterfly Swatters Club when they get over here

    in reply to: Snails #30909

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    in reply to: Puriri moth (pepetuna) blog, see comments #30908

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    Male, Clinton

    in reply to: Silkworms #30852

    Chrisalis
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    I have a couple of tree of heaven seedlings, but it might be a few years before they’re big enough 🙂

    in reply to: Puriri moth (pepetuna) blog, see comments #30851

    Chrisalis
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    Picked up a dead one in Katikati last week.

    in reply to: Native nectar #30363

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    in reply to: Bad season for Monarchs in Hinds #30233

    Chrisalis
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    I am getting more and more predator problems each spring, (in Katikati, BOP).

    It’s got so bad, that if I don’t bring eggs inside to hatch and fatten up, there wouldn’t be half a dozen new butterflies from the first eggs.

    Late in the season numbers build up without so much help from me. I released eight this morning. Some of them will have been refugees from another property several kms away. There should be plenty of eggs and young cats for my next year’s crop of predators to feed on.

    in reply to: Bumper Autumn #30075

    Chrisalis
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    My wife just burst out laughing.

    There is a new J on the lid of my laptop. I guess I wont be closing it for a while.

    in reply to: Bumper Autumn #30074

    Chrisalis
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    After a slow start to my season while the predators protected my swan plants and we were absent and couldn’t help, I have ended up baby sitting a friend’s cats as well as our own and in the last week I must have had over fifty chrysalis’ appear on my coffee table. A cutting of camellia has popular with them and has over twenty, plus some Js.

    I have no idea how many have formed in the garden. There were a lot of mature cats yesterday, but I’ve been busy and left them to their own devices.

    I have found a few praying manti, but nothing like the numbers in the past couple of years.

    in reply to: Helping Butterflies with crumpled wings #30073

    Chrisalis
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    If you position something for them to climb on if they fall, you will have less failures to deal with.

    I was shocked to see how many failures there were in a breeding box in a ‘professional’ butterfly house. A dollars worth of strategically placed string would have meant visitors would seldom see new butterflies splattered on a flat surface.

    in reply to: Idea …paint the hind body of paper wasp, white. #29215

    Chrisalis
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    You could try the Aussie trick of tying grass or a bit of feather onto them. It slows them down and makes them easier to track.

    in reply to: Unusual Monarch Caterpillar #27161

    Chrisalis
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    I’m waiting to see the next photo.

    in reply to: creating wildflower roads for insects #27125

    Chrisalis
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    There is talk of tree corridors for NZ native birds. I don’t know if any are underway yet.

    I’ve started propagating for a local butterfly corridor.


    Chrisalis
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    I’m seeing them in my Katikati garden for the first time in years

    Found a place 5km away, as the butter flies, with a substantial population.

    If I ever wanted eggs, I would just take a potted nettle on a picnic.

    in reply to: Who attacked my treasures? #27021

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    in reply to: BROKEN BUTTERFLY ): #27020

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    in reply to: Should I? Shouldn't I? #27019

    Chrisalis
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    Keep an eye on other plants for caterpillars too.

    I had a yellow striped armyworm caterpillar keeping us company for a couple of weeks. It was 52mm long by the time it decided to bury itself in a pot of earth on my coffee table. It’s little brothers are entertaining us, chomping on tomato, tobacco and grape leaves.

    http://i54.tinypic.com/6iteo4.jpg

    in reply to: Should I? Shouldn't I? #27016

    Chrisalis
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    They do fine inside as long as it’s not too dry. Heaters, fires and air conditioning on clear frosty days will contribute to a high failure rate. Mist them.

    I bring all I can find inside before the first frost and make a monarch hotel for them.

    http://i51.tinypic.com/29qiqae.jpg

    in reply to: Should I? Shouldn't I? #27015

    Chrisalis
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    They can sit around doing nothing for quite a while between instars. Don’t mistake this for disease and don’t move them unless they are already moving on their own accord.

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