10-days in and he appears to be doing ‘OK’ — and Deanna has (thanks to Google) ascertained that it is a male. He gets put under a light during the day so that he gets heat. A few days ago we let him out. He can’t fly. He can hop around. He gets fruit and seems to be eating something. He doesn’t seem to be in distress.
I too did some research, albeit cursory. The damage to his wings was apparently not due to a mishap. Instead it is a parasitic disease that commonly attacks butterflies. Never knew that.
The lifespan of a non-migrating monarch butterfly is said to be 4 – 6 weeks. Longer for those that migrate. Don’t know what makes a monarch migratory.
4 – 6 weeks doesn’t seem that long. So, I am not sure whether our’s is already on borrowed time.
But, for now, he seems to be doing ‘OK’. I will keep you posted.