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Found a buckeye, what should I do with it?

Posted by ms_minnamouse 7a (My Page) on
Tue, Nov 9, 10 at 11:22

It's getting pretty cold here and I just found a buckeye nectaring at the few flowers that are left on my Brazilian Vervain. There are really no other flowers around. It's having a pretty hard time flying around what with it being so chilly, even in the sun. I was even able to catch it by hand.

I know they overwinter but read that it's supposed to be done in the South. Maryland isn't considered the south.

Should I build an enclosure for it and keep it indoors (have previous experience with this when I used to breed Monarchs) or should I let it outdoors to probably die?

It's pretty hungry, tried to drink my finger. If I keep it I'll get some Gatorade and soy sauce.

Let me know what you guys think.

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RE: Found a buckeye, what should I do with it?

Your chances of getting it through winter are less than zero to very, very slim at best. Put it out and let nature take its course is my suggestion.

RE: Found a buckeye, what should I do with it?

I'm not arguing but why do you think I have less than zero chance of getting it through winter? I was able to get Monarchs over winter. I have a 55 gallon aquarium that I can provide humidity and a full spectrum light in.

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