yvonnemcgillan

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  • in reply to: Whakatane Monarchs in the news #59363

    yvonnemcgillan
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    in reply to: WHAT WILL IT BE? CONTEST #57806

    yvonnemcgillan
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    I would share this with the class of five year olds that I help out in, next year. Their teacher starts the year off with a small swan plant with an egg, or small caterpillar, for each child. When their monarch butterfly flies off, they take their plant home.

    in reply to: Poisonous? #57638

    yvonnemcgillan
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    A friend of mine is taking her grandson to Playcentre in Te Puke. They are creating a new outdoor play area and garden, so I thought this was a great opportunity for them to consider a butterfly habitat! However my friend was told that the MOE says no to swan plants. However, I have read this thread, and there are ideas here that mean the swan plants can be enclosed somehow, and the children can watch the wonderful life cycle. I will pass the information on to my friend and see if the Playcentre will run with the idea.
    Would be delighted to hear of any playcentres who have overcome this problem, and have vibrant butterfly habitats!
    Yvonne

    in reply to: Having problems with the forum? #57429

    yvonnemcgillan
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    Thanks for your help Jacqui! Here I am!
    Yvonne

    in reply to: Fresh eggs #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.

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