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IMG_0690.JPG.f440730f5aa677d1d55abc3d5bbfedcb.JPG Bees busy as, all over this yellow daisy

It's in full flower and several bushes on the side of a bank. Collecting pollen Im guessing.

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That first one is a Hoverfly;)

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I knew that :)

Just checking observation skills

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Dunny bee is a more interesting alternative name for hover flies.

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Just wondering does metrosideros fulgens (climbing rata) flower every year during april/march?? or is it every 2 or 4 years???

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Was in tiger country at the weekend, two apiaries, one busy drawing fresh comb, yellow as, koromiko and lacebark. Same apiary has light buttery honey extracted today, yummy as! Wasn't expecting that at all. (New site.) Other apiary shut down for the winter, honey dark as! 5 km between, maybe, as the crow flies. I just love beeses they are so clever!

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Just wondering does metrosideros fulgens (climbing rata) flower every year during april/march?? or is it every 2 or 4 years???

Every year around here.

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IMG_0716.JPG.079088df132a32b1ee96371a4bc272f4.JPG Seems not only bees like the Dahlia

I counted 6 monarchs on this plant

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I counted 6 monarchs on this plant

Pfffffttt........there are 7 monarchs by my back door....

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Ah... technically x7 chrysalis

I could have added that was on that plant alone...

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Nice to read the botanists amongst us are working well.......always happy to help with feed if you need/want

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Pfffffttt........there are 7 monarchs by my back door....

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You are just a big softy @yesbut

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Pfffffttt........there are 7 monarchs by my back door....

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How did u get them to attach to the mesh?

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5992ebc1ea22f_IMG_20170412_103338(Medium).jpg.588c1af83d6d6058b6472d15b206b5b8.jpg I raised them in a bucket with a mesh top. Otherwise when it comes to cocoon time the beggars creep all over the place.

And this reminded me to have a look....

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Good plan @yesbut

I lost so many to the paper wasps :(

Our neighbour informs me he has 7 large swan plants

Next season

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They eat a heck of a lot. Don't underestimate the work in keeping the caterpillars in cuttings !

Now I'm worried about the #### weather they're emerging into. Although our local Monarch Butterfly farm (true!) tells me they won't fly off until conditions suit them. So I'll probably have to cat proof a corner of the back porch. I hadn't thought about that.

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IMG_0002.JPG.d40ce31e8cd552743ecf55a2b5712c0f.JPG LOL

I had one hatch yesterday that had migrated to a Kubb king block

I had to rescue it back to the swan plant as it took sometime for the wings to unfold properly

Our kitty may have thought it fair game

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I have no paper wasps here so my sister has given me swan plants.

I have had monarchs fly here .

But maybe it would be better if they didn't till the plants are big

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I remember when I was a child, my mother would feed pumpkin to the monarc caterpillar when they have eaten all the leaves on the swan plants.

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Pumpkin may get the grub to pupation, but often does not result in a successful butterfly....I think it makes the raisers of butterflies feel better tho.

With the paperwasp, it takes quite an effort to raise butterflies. In our case we have had to construct 6ft high cages that go over the plants. When I began this 10 years ago my problem was to have enough plant for feed. Now its the opposite. Does anyone want any seed for next year?

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IMG_0311.JPG.488f7da1063f0ef16f636f18fa729d2f.JPG Thanks @Mummzie

I was aware of monarch caterpillars being fed with pumpkin. However I also had heard there was a downside.

The bees love the early flowers of the swan plant

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Pfffffttt........there are 7 monarchs by my back door....

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@yesbut did your chrysalis all hatch? And survive the wet? The feline?

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Three have emerged & flown away, four to go, one imminent.

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Luculia flowering here .bees are all over it

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Early flowering gum and the wattles are budding upIMG_20170616_115646.jpg.d8390f20a3aa8174d5bb4259f397d96a.jpg

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