Fam­ily shares monarch magic

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION - By KRIS DANDO

Ur­sula Bald­win is chuffed with her monar­chy but­ter­fly suc­cesses.

The Ti­tahi Bay mother had 60 chrysalises on a tower in her front porch for a fort­night and last week she and her fam­ily got to see the fruits of their labours.

By last Thurs­day, just two were to hatch and two had died.

‘‘ We had a whole heap [ on Tues­day], it was re­ally spec­tac­u­lar,’’ she said. ‘‘ I’m re­ally happy with the way it’s all gone.

‘‘One had a dam­aged wing and I kept find­ing him on the ground, and a few oth­ers have hung around the gar­den.’’

Over­cast weather ear­lier in the week meant some monar­chs were slow to get go­ing.

But­ter­fly lady: Ur­sula Bald­win with two of the monar­chs she helped bring on from cater­pil­lars.

Pho­tos: UR­SULA BALD­WIN

Suc­cess: The Bald­win porch in Ti­tahi Bay

was a mix of chrysalises and monarch but­ter­flies

last week.

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