Gulf Fritillary orphan

bethpierce77November 7, 2013

Help! Today, a Gulf Fritillary eclosed, and the weather is chilly here. When I tried to let him fly out of the mesh cage, he just wouldn't. I took him on my finger to some lantana, but he just perched there without budging. I broke off a piece of the lantana, and brought him inside on it, but so far, he has not made any effort to "thaw out" or move around. He's still alive, but I don't know what to do to help him live. He's in a small mesh cage on the lantana flower. Any ideas? Beth

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Monarch-Ma-so.cal(10 Southern CA.)

What is his lifespan do you think? Maybe he'll have to become a pet if he has a short lifespan.

    Bookmark   November 7, 2013 at 8:44PM
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Leafhead

Try a new plastic dish scrubber sitting in a dish of Hummingbird nectar and see what happens.
This method was very effective at our annual butterfly show at our Olbrich Gardens here in Madison, WI. Lots of sunshine and warmth will bring him around too.

    Bookmark   November 8, 2013 at 2:57AM
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bernergrrl(z5 IL)

Sometimes they don't too much the first day of eclosing. How is it today?

You all are so lucky with your late season projects! :)

    Bookmark   November 8, 2013 at 2:41PM
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