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  • in reply to: Spare wings needed please #59436

    monkey
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    If you can’t find a left wing, I think it should be possible just to reverse a right wing. While it will look very strange it should work. Would also be possible to recognise it again if you saw it!

    in reply to: Fallen chrysalis easy rehang technique stockings #59435

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    I found a very helpful article on You Tube – I googled ‘saving fallen pupae’. (Sorry can’t find the actual link)
    A bucket was lined with either a butterfly net or soft curtain netting. The pupa was lying on a plastic dish lined with a tissue. The eclosing butterfly was able to walk up the netting & hang there until its wings were set, then was ready for release. I have found this very successful this season.

    in reply to: Australian visitor to an Auckland garden #59434

    monkey
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    Thank you for sharing.

    in reply to: Monarch diseases #59152

    monkey
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    Thank you Jacqui, will follow up on that

    in reply to: Fallen ‘J’ #59014

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    Some time ago I saw an item on Google where a person had successfully managed to rehang a fallen J by hooking it onto a cotton bud. I found that wasn’t entirely successful until I thought about it & decided that the cotton bud was too tightly wound & therefore slippery. So I carefully cut the bud slightly to expose a rough surface & VOILA! success! But it didn’t end there – the J sloughed its skin & a perfect chrysalis was formed but the hold on the cotton bud was a bit precarious. So I put a tiny dab of nail polish on the cotton bud & that secured it. The other thing about cotton buds is that they are short, so to allow room for the wings of the butterfly to hang freely when it emerges the bud needs to be tied to a longer stick, then set the stick in a vase or such.

    in reply to: Monarch caterpillars #58820

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    Lots & lots of cats around, mostly very small. So many are also very skinny despite the abundance of food, altho the food is probably not of the first quality. Some of the Js are failing to shed their caterpillar skin properly & end up hanging straight down, dead, with the skin half on & half off.

    in reply to: Caterpillar not eating #58535

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    Some of my cats are a bit anorexic too, as described by Sassy & Melody. Seems to happen about this time each year, maybe the drought is affecting the plants & making them a bit too strong in taste?

    in reply to: ironing crumpled wings #58534

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    We had 12 butterflies eclose yesterday, 2 fell down & their wings were damaged slightly but I managed to stretch them out a little as they were still very soft, & then sat them where the wings hung down well with gravity assistance. I had to trim off a tiny bit of the wingtips on their main wings as they were bent, then they were able to fly with no downward flaps causing them to descend too quickly. (think of an aeroplane descending – the pilot lowers the wing flaps to assist with descent).

    in reply to: Gum tree caterpillars #58443

    monkey
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    Years ago we had some too. I was astounded to find that one of them took a year to pupate – & can take longer. We heard scratchy noises one night, & in the morning found that the moth was working its way out

    in reply to: Aggressive Caterpillar #58276

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    It would probably be a good idea to move it as Js are easily dislodged from their perch & may end up as fallen chrysalids

    in reply to: Monarchs are go! #58183

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    In Hamilton – lots of Monarchs flying about, laying eggs which promptly disappear – I take inside a few eggs & any cats I see though there’s not many at all. I’m sure if I wasn’t rearing them inside there just wouldn’t be any left. Paper wasps & young preying mantids I guess

    in reply to: Monarch Population Survey Dec 2019/Jan 2020 #57963

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    There are quite a few eggs on my plants (I have LOTS of swan plants if anyone wants some or needs branches to feed cats – Hamilton). Somehow the butterflies are even getting into the netted area I keep for food….. However there must be something eating the eggs as there are very few cats. Those I find I take inside, & so far since October I have released 45 healthy butterflies, either from cats or from eggs. Quite a few butterflies in the garden at any given time

    in reply to: Monarch eggs #57876

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    Thanks Jacqui. Not quite the ones I was thinking about but useful nevertheless.
    The instructions I found last year involved cutting the leaf down to the size of a shirt button & placing this on a damp paper towel in a takeaway food box. Then when frass showed that the cat had hatched, placing the small piece on a sprig of milkweed for the cat to eat until it was large enough to transfer.
    I just found it so helpful when the eggs were disappearing due to predation by wasps, lady bugs ants etc & I thought others might too.
    In the early part of the season I keep the cats inside right through to eclosing, until the main danger of predation is over. I just move them on to bigger & bigger containers, lined with paper towels to change daily, & frequently giving the boxes the Milton treatment

    in reply to: WHAT WILL IT BE? CONTEST #57818

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    I would be delighted to read it to my great grandchildren, but still better I would like to see it go to ‘Jennifer’ who would give it to the refugee families she supports

    in reply to: SPRING IS SPRUNG CONTEST #57691

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    Monarchs seem to love my bottlebrush bush, also my orange tree blossoms

    in reply to: Tagetes lemmonii #57608

    monkey
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    No, I have kept it watered & safe but I think it’s dead……….

    Is it possible to buy another cutting? I have tried emailing lots of nurseries but with no luck

    in reply to: Monarchs are breeding already!!! #57563

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    Lots of eggs, all obviously being predated. I’m taking in a few, allowing for how much feed I’m likely to have. So far I have 3 chrysalids with coloured wings starting to show – these were from eggs taken in on 31 August. Also have 5 js today with 3 more ‘fatties’ close behind, & a few tiny cats coming on. This in Hamilton

    in reply to: Butterflies GONE #57333

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    This week in Dominion Park there were quite a few Monarchs flying around, more than we have seen for quite a while, & about a dozen still on the trees

    And TWO WERE MATING!
    A bit early I would have thought……..

    in reply to: Season over #57241

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    A small caterpillar seen here in Hamilton – it will have to take its chances as I have discovered that very late ones just don’t do well

    in reply to: opinion re butterflies raised in captivity in USA #57236

    monkey
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    I read with interest the article on Monarchs, & I suspect that it is correct, in North America where the weather conditions are so much harsher up North than they are here. My understanding is that the butterflies there progressively move south with each generation, finally the last generation of each season ending up in Mexico
    Here of course, NZ has a much more temperate climate & migration is not a necessity, with Monarch butterflies just clustering in certain places over winter. I understand that they leave pheromones in the selected overwintering trees & that is why each year they cluster in the same area. There are places in NZ which are well-known for over-wintering – Butterfly Bay somewhere in Northland & also I think, Hagley Park in Christchurch. So that explains why I’m so excited to see them in our area in Hamilton

    in reply to: Winter Wildlife #57206

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    I was amazed to see eggs on a swan plant last week, also a couple of cats. But I decided to let Nature take its course and I think the frosts of the last few days have done just that
    I have found in the past that cats at this late stage just don’t make it, so accordingly I have washed all my bits & pieces associated with rearing them & will soak all in Milton tomorrow, ready for next year.

    in reply to: split proboscis #57143

    monkey
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    Where can I find the link to the video?

    in reply to: More black on caterpillers #57125

    monkey
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    I have also noticed this many times, & I feel that these ones are not as strong as others. I wonder if it is because they often seem to be rather thin, therefore their black stripes show more?

    in reply to: Found a Butterfly, Wings…Please Help #56848

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    I had a butterfly with one wing slightly bent under, so that when it tried to fly it would just flutter to the ground; I liken it to a plane with just one of its wing flaps down. I held it firmly with its wings closed so that the damaged wing & the good one were aligned. With a small sharp pair of scissors I gently cut the wings just a little so that they were even. When I released the butterfly it was a little odd looking, BUT IT WAS ABLE TO FLY! This would only work if there was only a small amount of deviation of the wing

    in reply to: Spare Swan Plant Seeds Anyone? #56625

    monkey
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    Jacqui I have a small dish full of swan plant seeds – are you still collecting them this year, & if so where do I send them?

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