Monarch (OTHER Observations)

Date: 12/19/2020

Number: 1

I previously reported finding a monarch with crinkled wings on November 9. I reported that I thought the butterfly didn’t have a proboscis. I took the butterfly inside to live in an enclosure and finally she showed her proboscis after a couple days. I named her Miss Crinkles. She continued to live doing very well and was very smart. She knew where her food (green Gatorade and orange slices) was and would be active at times crawling all around the sides of the enclosure. She even knew when it was nighttime and would go sleep on the top of the enclosure. Miss Crinkles sadly died today despite doing so well and being active the day before.
So she lived for about 40 days, a little over a month. I wanted to report this observation to give my thoughts that she maybe was of the premigrating generation in that if she was healthy, she might have laid eggs further south for the migrating generation as some monarchs do from way up here in Maine. Also, the length of time that she lived suggests this.
I wanted to contribute this information to Journey North if it can be used for scientific data. This was an experiment to see how long this butterfly would live if that it could be on the migrating generation and maybe live until March or April.

Brownfield, ME

Latitude: 43.9 Longitude: -70.9

Observed by: Jaremy
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