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summerluver wrote:I am SO impressed with your methods and would like to try them next year. Thanks for the pictures and web site for the containers. Where do you collect so many eggs?
dandjtaylor wrote:Upon pupation, they get moved either to my eclosing box or a temporary holding rack. If there are too many in the box or there is a big eclosing day, they need room to eclose and hang so I keep a lot of the fresh chrysalis on the holding rack.
Morning feeding - 15 minutes
Lunchtime feeding cats and tagging new flies - 20-30 minutes
Evening feeding, cleaning, counting, picking a couple days of leaves and looking for new eggs - up to 2 hours.
It is very rewarding though and the wife loves releaing them as well as the beautiful garden she gets.
summerluver wrote:Since I had such an abysmal year, I have about 55 extra tags I can send you. I can't even find 3 dozen plants in the same place around here!
summerluver wrote:Wyvern - Cigars all around for such a healthy nursery you've managed this year - such a proud daddy! Good luck finding 'pillars'. First year I haven't found even one in the wild, but I am coming across Tussock Moth larvae. Monarchmama - you're brilliant. I don't think I'd have the courage to grab a "j" - I'm so afraid I'll interrupt the cycle and stress them into deformity, but I do think I'll try that styafoam thing next year with the chrysalises (right Mona), that have hardened.
summerluver wrote:Wow Wyvern - while I was writing my post you sent in some good news about your search today. Since I had such an abysmal year, I have about 55 extra tags I can send you. I can't even find 3 dozen plants in the same place around here!
summerluver wrote:CONGRATULATIONS!! I've been waiting for the good news. Your success makes up for the failures some of us have had. I released my 35th today --- whoopee! Did any of the big guys that you found have parasites? I found 3 myself. One had a little thing in the back of his neck that looked like a pricker and it seemed to be annoying him, but I couldn't get it out with the tweezers. It's apparent on the chrysalis too in the same spot, and I couldn't scratch it off. Any idea what it could be?
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