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Posted 04 June 2012 - 03:02 PM

http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h215/tian002/110f5141.jpg

http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h215/tian002/78a0797d.jpg
Finger crossed !
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Posted 04 June 2012 - 03:21 PM

So cool!
I'm trying to attract them to the garden !
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Posted 04 June 2012 - 08:13 PM

i cheated. I got the caterpillar from flutty. Main strategy is to introduce them slowly..
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Posted 05 June 2012 - 01:19 AM

wats the trick to this?

i get a lotof caterpillars at my place and they can really demolish foliage plants..

but if i were to remove these caterpillars from the host plant.. can i feed them other than what it has been feeding on??

eg.. can i geed them hibiscus leaves.. whh i have in abundance, when they were previously chomping away onmy balsam. pls advise
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Posted 05 June 2012 - 08:52 AM

I remember Gan says released in orchard area
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Posted 05 June 2012 - 11:04 PM

This butterfly feed on milkweed?
Its plain tiger
I breed lime swallowtail, common mormon, common tiger, branded imperial before.
They are small critters that are amazing to watch:)
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Posted 06 June 2012 - 12:03 AM

Blood flower and nothing else . Fluttymutt throw all sort of stuff into the container . It refuse to feed .
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Posted 06 June 2012 - 12:09 AM

View PostPhantom, on 05 June 2012 - 11:04 PM, said:


I breed lime swallowtail, common mormon, common tiger, branded imperial before.
They are small critters that are amazing to watch:)

If u have common Mormon or common tiger . I interested . Something that. Feed on curry leave better .I had blue Helen lay egg on the curry and thought the caterpillar could survive . None did .

This post has been edited by digitalgate: 06 June 2012 - 12:13 AM

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Posted 06 June 2012 - 02:05 PM

Hi Digitalgate!
Do you know what leaves the Common Birdwing feed on?
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Posted 06 June 2012 - 04:17 PM

Wa... Greenbaron is the person to ask . Me orchid I know . Other plant same as u .
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Posted 06 June 2012 - 04:18 PM

Aristolochia acuminata (Aristolochiaceae, common name: Indian Birthwort, Dutchman's Pipe) . From web site
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Posted 13 June 2012 - 11:21 AM

View Postdigitalgate, on 06 June 2012 - 04:18 PM, said:

Aristolochia acuminata (Aristolochiaceae, common name: Indian Birthwort, Dutchman's Pipe) . From web site

I go for aristolochia tagala :)/>
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Posted 13 June 2012 - 11:22 AM

View Postzaq, on 06 June 2012 - 02:05 PM, said:

Hi Digitalgate!
Do you know what leaves the Common Birdwing feed on?

Sorry zaq, my dutchman's pipe is currently developing ita fruits, thus I am unable to provide you with stems for the common birdwing to feed on.
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Posted 13 June 2012 - 11:31 AM

View Postdigitalgate, on 06 June 2012 - 12:09 AM, said:

If u have common Mormon or common tiger . I interested . Something that. Feed on curry leave better .I had blue Helen lay egg on the curry and thought the caterpillar could survive . None did .

I do not have them now, need to wait till they lay eggs in my school's plant again. Where did you get blue helen? its rare. Now i am hoping for a common rose's egg......

btw, male common mormon mimics common rose, its always confusing and the only way to identify a common rose from a male common mormon is by the colour of its body
As common rose is the only red-bodied butterfly in Singapore.

Common mormon feeds on Curry leaves
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Posted 13 June 2012 - 11:44 AM

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pictures from wild Sarawak. :)/>
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Posted 18 June 2012 - 04:34 PM

DG is right. The caterpillars rather die than eat any other leaves. If you don't have milkweed/bloodflower, don't try rearing these guys.
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Posted 11 July 2012 - 03:05 AM

wow... been MIA for some time, so many interesting reads!!! :D/>

glad to see there are actually quite a few butterfly gardeners out there!

I've got Aristolochia ringens and acuminata growing in hougang area, i'm still hoping for a miracle... and i'm still sowing more seeds hopefully to grow more adult plants so "they" can "smell" food here! hahaa...

Just today i saw a Centaur Oakblue in my garden, was very elated, but it's too skittish for me to use an iphone to take a snapshot... i was pretty surprise how big it is, with a small tail at the hindwing with a tinge of blue (my first time seeing it). Then i look up for the hostplant, but i don't recall seeing any of the hostplant nearby my area... Pretty sure it was the correct ID as i referred to the book Khew wrote and its listed as one of the commoner butterflies in parks and urban areas.

Once thing i'm quite upset with Plain Tigers is that they will chew on the hostplants that are meant for the Common Tigers to lay their eggs, so before you know it, your Cynanchum is bald, and u have to wait again for it to grow leaves and recover before it can sustain a proper population of Common Tigers.

I'm thinking if i should removed my antigonnon and invest on proper hostplants or not, as this vine happens to be growing wild here and i've got more bees, snails and lizards visiting it than butterflies... any suggestions? My antigonnon happens to be growing and competing with my passiflora foetida and a mature Aristolochia acuminata. Still thinking if it's worth the kill and i'll plant more aristolochia and probably parsonsia helicandra. Opinions anyone? :)/>
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Posted 11 July 2012 - 09:14 AM

Butterfly caterpillar feeds on very specific plant and you can't feed them other leaves. To prevent defoliation, take them off the plant and feed them with older leaves from the plant in a container.

The problem with leaving them on the plant is they will eat the young leaves and as a result the plant has no opportunity to grow. By feeding them with older leaves and allowing the young leaves to grown, we have a Win-Win situation for the plant and butterfly
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Posted 11 July 2012 - 10:24 AM

View PostGreen Baron, on 11 July 2012 - 09:14 AM, said:

Butterfly caterpillar feeds on very specific plant and you can't feed them other leaves. To prevent defoliation, take them off the plant and feed them with older leaves from the plant in a container.

The problem with leaving them on the plant is they will eat the young leaves and as a result the plant has no opportunity to grow. By feeding them with older leaves and allowing the young leaves to grown, we have a Win-Win situation for the plant and butterfly


Green Baron,

thanks for the advice! will take note! :)/>
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Posted 13 July 2012 - 07:24 AM

Sometime they grow so fast.. Haizz Blood flower botak already . Crown eat kena .
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