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Offline radiogaga

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Re: Papilio Polyxenes
« Reply #60 on: August 10, 2018, 0409 UTC »
The Mexican sunflowers started flowering here recently, the monarchs are more abundant than ever, real nice to see

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Re: Papilio Polyxenes
« Reply #61 on: August 10, 2018, 0536 UTC »
This is good. The dragonflies I raise will need lots of monarchs and swallowtails to consume in mid flight as they do. They can consume several times their weight you know.

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Re: Papilio Polyxenes
« Reply #62 on: September 20, 2018, 2221 UTC »
Total released for 2018   

Black Swallowtail  = Healthy  20 + 1 naturally on plant without intervention.
                              Not viable  3

Monarch  = Healthy 5
                  Not viable = 0

Total known garden production = ~71 (3 years)

The Anise plants"leaves" were consumed by Sept 5 , although they will begin to consume the seed heads provided they are not ripe.
The volume was 2 large plants and 3 first and second year plants= 21 butterflies max .  We plan to have  first year seedlings in the future, they do not mature by Sept as a rule and were used for the last batch.
Again this year , we nearly ran out of food. There were many cats we left to natural selection as well.
Mature flies are still active in the yard as of Sept 20. 

We were very pleased with the 5 monarchs finally  , it took three years to attract a laying female. We have learned to pinch off growth tips of the Milkweed to encourage new growth over the season and delay seed production , that may be the revelation that we needed for success over the previous fails.

Thanks also to CT Yankee for his participation over the last two seasons, his efforts and reports much appreciated .

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Nw5yMwogtDc

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=wZSrhfV0sUw


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Re: Papilio Polyxenes
« Reply #63 on: September 21, 2018, 2353 UTC »


The 9th monarch was released here yesterday.  Barely warm enough for it - hung round overnight until the sun warmed things up.  We did have one day that three emerged with 2 hours of each other. Did not bring any swallowtail caterpillars in, dozens seen in the yard up through this week.  Most unique creature in the yard this year: Pileated Woodpecker ( think Woody) on Memorial Day. 
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