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Save the Monarchs! - Don’t Spray

12 January 2005

Save the Monarchs! - Don’t Spray

Monarch butterfly lovers are appealing to their garden centres to be more aware of what sprays have been used on their Swan plants – and to keep their staff fully informed.

“We have had yet another member in distress because her larvae (caterpillars) are dying,” said Jacqui Knight, Trustee of the Monarch Butterfly NZ Trust. “She had run out of food for her very hungry caterpillars and gone to the garden centre to buy more. The woman behind the counter told her that the plants had not been sprayed – but this information was wrong, as her caterpillars soon died.”

No garden centre wants to sell half-eaten plants. But staff should be aware of what the sprays are, and the withholding period required.

“This information is available when you buy vegetable seedlings – so why not Swan plants,” said Jacqui. “After all, they are sold for that very purpose, as food.”

Further information of ways to help the Monarch butterfly is available on the Trust’s website,

The Monarch butterfly season is now in full swing, and the many Monarchs flying around Russell in the Bay of Islands play tribute that that community is indeed, the Monarch butterfly capital of New Zealand.


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