ANSWERS: 8
  • Butterflies are not meant to be kept as pets. Let it go.
  • You can probably feed it hummingbird food or sugar water, but why are you keeping it?
  • Apparently they are an endangered species! http://www.worldwildlife.org/monarchs/ They drink liquids but don't eat. http://greennature.com/article1282.html Maybe your butterfly needs carbohydrates. How about offering some sugar water?
  • Butterflies have a short life span. Let this one live doing what it's meant to -- flying.
  • People...often one finds a chrysalis in the off season or has an injured butterfly. Or like me, raised them and had a "late bloomer". Putting them out into the freezing cold to die is cruel, not trying to save them by keeping them alive and healthy in your home. It's simply someone doing the best with what they have. Don't criticize until you have all the facts.
  • It's on it's migration. Just let it go so it can fly to Mexico with all the other monarchs. They are endangered and not a pet.
  • Here's a list of the flowers they use the nectar of to sustain themselves from. * Apocynum cannabinum - Indian Hemp * Asclepias incarnata - Swamp Milkweed * Asclepias syriaca - Common Milkweed * Asclepias tuberosa - Butterfly Weed * Aster sp. - asters * Cirsium sp. - thistles * Daucus carota - Wild Carrot * Dipsacus sylvestris - Teasel * Erigeron canadensis - Horseweed * Eupatorium maculatum - Spotted Joe-Pye Weed * Eupatorium perfoliatum - Common Boneset * Hesperis matronalis - Dame's Rocket * Medicago sativa - Alfalfa * Solidago sp. - golden rods * Syringa vulgaris - Lilac * Trifolium pratense - Red Clover * Vernonia altissima - Tall Ironweed Most of these are considered as stray weeds, and can be found anywhere if you learn to recognize them, however I doubt the butterfly will drink from them if they've been uprooted.
  • They eat milkweed plants exclusively as far as I know. Best to let it go- they are migratory and sensitive

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