Monarch with folded wing

jibd(6)September 16, 2012

Hi all,

I had a monarch emerge this morning with a fold in its wing.

The one wing is fine:

But as you can see, the other wing is folded in one part.

This is a blurry picture, but you can see the wings are also leaning to one side.

Is there anything I can do for it? I'm not sure if it will be able to fly like this, but my gut tells me no.

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terrene(5b MA)

Your butterfly doesn't look too bad, but I don't know if he can fly or not. I released 3 Monarchs so far this year that had some sort of wing malformation - one came out with crumpled wings that didn't open fully, one fell down after emerging and couldn't get up to hang, and a third emerged with 1 normal wing and 1 very small deformed wing. None of these 3 butterflies could fly normally, so I would take them out back and put them on a nectar flower in the garden and let nature take its course.

Some people have kept a butterfly in a cage and will feed it with something like juice or flowers. Sort of like keeping the butterfly as a pet. I figure that there is mortality in nature, and that's the way it is. Most of these butterflies wouldn't even have a life if we didn't rear them in protected cages or indoors.

    Bookmark   September 16, 2012 at 8:15PM
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KC Clark - Zone 2012-6a OH

I've read about people ironing monarch wings but I have not done it myself.

There is a good video on monarch wing repair. If you have some spare wings, you could go this route.

Here is a link that might be useful: Live Monarch Foundation - How to fix a broken butterfly wing

    Bookmark   September 16, 2012 at 11:12PM
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