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Old 08-02-2010, 12:58 PM   #61
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The Queens seem to eat a bit less than the Monarchs, often pupating slightly sooner. Haven't seen many of them this year. I think they may have been affected by the same winter kill-off in Mexico that the Monarchs had.
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Old 05-31-2013, 12:35 PM   #62
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2013 is looking like a down year for RAs. I have yet to see one and my nettles have zero RA caterpillars. I've had caterpillars by now at this house every year starting in 2005 when I bought the house.

I'm used to RAs going through boom/bust cycles. Happened often when I was growing up. But normally the bust followed a boom and 2012 was not a boom year in my book.

Anyway, I'm missing the RAs.
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Old 05-31-2013, 06:42 PM   #63
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I'm wondering if I'm dealing with the same...last year my stinging nettles was covered in caterpillars...this year, I've not seen any--yet.

On the bright side, thanks to the larvae last year, I did a little research, and found out that they are native--something I hadn't realized. So, they can stay.
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Old 05-31-2013, 07:12 PM   #64
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I find that the RA come in waves, like most things here. Last year the lady butterflies were in the dozens. This year the hairstreaks and Cassius blues lead the pack, along with Giant swallowtails of which I am raising over 30 right now.
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Old 06-08-2013, 07:08 PM   #65
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Finally saw a RA today. It was flitting around in a parking lot about 7 miles southwest of me. I was letting lunas go there.
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