This monarch has a whole 12 day story that goes with it. I found it when I took the top off my barrel of brush and think it must have hatched overnight there. We took it out on the oak leaf it was clinging to and put it on a big flowering mum in the sun. It was about 63o that day, but not staying light very much longer. It seemed to be drying out its wings and trying out its proboscis but didn't try the mums that we could see.
We couldn't move the huge mum inside so the monarch was outside overnight and it went down to 41o...ugh! I built a little open dishtowel tent over it hoping to protect it a bit. It got warm the next day but not as sunny but the monarch didn't fly away. So we brought it inside a glass sunroom and kept him in there for the next 8 days. 3 nights went right down to 32o so we put on the heat to keep it at about 59o. I only had a couple of phlox still flowering which I put out for him and we bought flowers at the store and learned how to feed him juicy juice and honey water online.
Then we had to return to Connecticut and took him back in the car and on day 12, Nov 2, a very warm 70o, we released him right on the migration route by Long Island Sound. And he flew off very vigorously to the SouthWest!!Yeah! This story got put in the Raised Monarch section somehow, but we didn't really raise him. Just helped him!
North Hampton, NH
Latitude: 43 Longitude: -70.8
Observed by: Elizabeth
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