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harpo787 wrote:I guess my questions are: is it possible that a predator grabbed the pupa? We do have several birds including blue jays who show up in our yard on a daily basis. The other question is, if the pupa did land on the ground and is hidden away somewhere under the mulch, is it possible that it could still hatch ok?
harpo787 wrote:If left alone, will the stripped milkweed recover, or do I need to cut it back a bit (get rid of twigs with no leaves on them etc.)? Also, in cutting it back, I'd like to start off new plants from the cuttings. I think I read they need to be six to eight inches long? Can it be just one straight stalk, or should it have a few branches coming off of it? Should it have a leaf or two on it already for photosynthesis etc.?
Any help is greatly appreciated!
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