Click to access the post as to how it all began on Sunday, October 20, 2019.
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.
She found it on the grass, on Sunday, at her sister’s ‘farm’ in Maine. It couldn’t fly. One of its wings looked ripped. Her sister picked it up and gave it to Deanna. It immediately made it self comfortable on her sweater. The rest is history. She decided that she is going to try and rescue it.
Her sister had hatched some butterflies over the Summer. She still had a plastic bottle all set-up for butterflies.
It was given sugar water, fruits etc. And then a flower. It seemed happy enough. We brought it home. That was 2-days ago.
It seems happy enough. It moves about and appears to be eating.
I know nothing about butterflies other than that they are pretty. I don’t even know how long they live. But, so far, so good. It is neat to have it in the kitchen.
I will try and keep you posted. I hope it hangs around for awhile.