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Offline Grub

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Lime butterfly question
« on: September 10, 2017, 04:48:26 AM »
I want to prune and repot my lime but there is at least one (likely more, because I saw more caterpillars in autumn) butterfly cocoon.

If I prune the branch and then place it nearby in the same area, will the butterfly still hatch okay? I didn't think the cocoon "feeds" off the tree in any way.
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Offline Mukluk

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Re: Lime butterfly question
« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2017, 03:46:36 PM »
The cocoon does not feed off the tree and should hatch just fine if moved. 

If there are cocoons on your lime then some kind of moth will emerge from the cocoon (butterfly only emerge from a chrysalis, moth emerge from cocoon).  The caterpillar will then need to feed on your lime to survive.  If the mother laid eggs there the chances are pretty high that they will only feed on citrus and are a pest, so you probably don't want them to survive.

Offline Grub

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Re: Lime butterfly question
« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2017, 09:42:49 PM »
They are definitely butterfly chrysalis, I wasn't aware of the distinction between that and a cocoon. I don't mind if they lay more eggs, I have no shortage of leaves for them to munch on and they are so beautiful to have around.
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Offline Mukluk

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Re: Lime butterfly question
« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2017, 07:56:24 PM »
If you have enough leaves to share with a few small caterpillars then by all means move the chrysalis and enjoy the butterfly!  Just make sure you move them somewhere that ants are not too likely to get at them.

Offline Grub

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Re: Lime butterfly question
« Reply #4 on: September 24, 2017, 09:13:10 AM »
I pruned the lemon and lime dwarf trees and left the chrysalis branch on it. I can see it from my window and it's changing colour, looking forward to it hatching.
Cool region, Canberra. Courtyard and balcony gardener.
http://actgarden.blogspot.com/