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Old Nov 26, 2009, 12:55 PM   #11
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Thanks, Paul. Sorry to hear about your allergy - I have heard that Australia has more than its share of nasties. Supposedly your bulldog ants are even worse than the wasps - way worse!
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Pen, I find you series very interesting, the shot of last years paper wasp look a lot like some of the ones I've seen around here. Do these have anything to do with the fact that I've seen far fewer butterflies this season than I did last year?
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Pen, I find you series very interesting, the shot of last years paper wasp look a lot like some of the ones I've seen around here. Do these have anything to do with the fact that I've seen far fewer butterflies this season than I did last year?
Hard to say, but if it is a general phenomenon, it is probably something more like weather. In our case there are only a few host plants in our yard, so the egg laying is concentrated in a small area where the wasps can also concentrate. After I eliminated two nests of the small ones and one of the larger ones, it wasn't many weeks before the yard was swarming with fresh fritillaries and a few Monarchs and others as well. There are still wasps, but not as many, and butterflies are still emerging - the latest Monarch only a couple of days ago. A few days ago we found a group of colorful caterpillars I can's even begin to identify - we will have to wait until they mature (if they survive the forecast coming storms) - unless they are moths that fly at night.
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Thanks Pen,
Sounds like you have an interesting yard! I think that perhaps I'm at least partly to blame for the decline in the butterfly population this year because I cleared out a large area of a pesky vine call Blue sky trumpet, that's quite prolific and spreads extremely fast.
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A few days ago we found a group of colorful caterpillars I can's even begin to identify - we will have to wait until they mature (if they survive the forecast coming storms) - unless they are moths that fly at night.
The mystery is solved - they are Genista Moth caterpillars - photos are here:

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/pe...-munchers.html
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