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Gulf Fritillary orphan

Posted by bethpierce77 8 (My Page) on
Thu, Nov 7, 13 at 20:08

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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RE: Gulf Fritillary orphan

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

RE: Gulf Fritillary orphan

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.

RE: Gulf Fritillary orphan

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! :)

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