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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!