How I Keep a Deformed Monarch Butterfly Happy: Three Tips

Three tips as to how to keep a flightless monarch butterfly alive and happy. My pet “Flutterfly”.

I found “FlutterFly” on the ground under the swan-tree, unable to fly because his wings were not fully formed. He can flutter along the ground, but not fly.

  1. I feed him with a mixture of honey, blackberry jelly-jam mixed with a little water. Using the EYE of a DARNING needle, I scoop the sweet thick liquid and he dips his long think tongue in and out of the needle eye. He gets the syrup all down his front and on his legs and feet. He’s the best-fed Monarch Butterfly around.
  2. I allow him to “bathe” beneath the thin spout of filtered water from the tap. He loves this and “dances” in the water, trying to grab hold of the water falling. He washes himself like a small bird and loves the water. He flaps his wings dry.

  3. Each day, I take him for a flutter on the lawn grass, or in a field of flowers. He loves this but looks to me to pick him up and let him flutter from arm’s height. He likes to crawl on people, children, anyone and will sit like a brooch on my jacket, or like a hair-decoration. He’ll sit there for hours between meals.

I carry FlutterFly in a cane basket of flowers, but mostly, he wants to be close to me. At this date, he is 10 days old.

See more pictures of my pet butterfly, ‘FlutterFly’ – he loved to be with children!

Pet Butterfly on Hand

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10 Responses to “How I Keep a Deformed Monarch Butterfly Happy: Three Tips”
  1. Teri Anderson Says...

    On March 21, 2008 at 8:36 am

    Remarkable story!

  2. Carolyn Ann Aish Says...

    On March 27, 2008 at 6:50 am

    Seventeen days after I found this butterfly on the ground, he flew up and up and up into the highest tree in the woods behind my house. I felt so proud of him, he had been trying hard to fly higher every day. Perhaps he will return. At this date, the weather here is still very dry and summery.

  3. Lucy Lockett Says...

    On April 28, 2008 at 4:50 pm

    You must be an angel, looking after the most delicate creatures on the planet! Lovely story and beautiful pictures.

  4. Slyfer Azuma Says...

    On March 20, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    hu??? it’s the first time to know things about butterfly, seems a little bit difficult to keep him alive, hope…;one day…….fly ;)

  5. Jimmy Jonas Says...

    On March 20, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    I’d be afraid of sitting on him by accident.

  6. Lacey Neal, 13 Says...

    On April 20, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    I have just found a butterfly who fell in his cacoon. I kept him safe until he was out. Now he is deformed and everytime he atempts to fly, falls on his back. The struggle of feeding him has now changed thanx for telling me and my buterfly what food flutterfly ate. My butterfly, now called speedy-secret or s.s for short has been eating food. s.s loves your food ideas and hopes you and flutterfly live well too. :)

  7. Carolyn Ann Aish Says...

    On April 20, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    Hi Lacey Neal, and I’m so pleased you are able to keep your S.S. ALIVE — they have personalities, as I found from three that have been my pets because they could not fly. Only Flutterfly, after I repaired his wings, he flew off above very tall trees. The second butterfly that was deformed lived for about three months! Another joined me – she was just exhausted and I fed her too. They are very graceful when it comes time to die. They lie on their backs, fold their little legs together as in prayer, and just go to sleep. Best wishes with your Speedy-Secret friend!

  8. Cory Morgenstein Says...

    On October 16, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    thx for the post…. i just found a very hurt Monarch on the sidewalk in NYC… i don’t expect him to live much longer but I’ll try and take good care of him until he dies… his butt looks kind of smashed and his back wings look a little damaged. He can still fly if he really tries. I tried to let him go in a garden, but he didn’t want to let go of my hand. It is getting cold anyway… he’ll probably be happier in my apartment. I’ll see if I can feed him.

  9. dee Says...

    On October 9, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    How did you repair flutterfly’s wings?

  10. Carolyn Ann Aish Says...

    On November 9, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    Hi there – I googled “REPAIR BUTTERFLY WINGS” – if you do this, you will come up with some sites that will tell you step by step how to repair the wings – the best one I found was:
    With ‘Flutterfly’s’ wings, I cold pressed them till they were flatter which gave him more flight off the ground, but still he could only flutter not get right up in the sky. However, since then, one other butterfly flew right away after I repaired her torn wing. Cheers and best wishes.

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