I am contemplating the symbolism of a Monarch Butterfly whose wings did not unfurl properly after exiting the chrysalis three days ago and who cannot fly. In other words, this is a grounded monarch butterfly who will not be migrating to Mexico this fall — one who will not be transmitting genetic information to the rest of the flock.
This was a caterpillar who formed its stunning, light green chrysalis with shiny, gold studs encircling it on a broccoli plant gone to flower. We kept waiting to see if a monarch would emerge. I tried to feed it nectar the day before yesterday but it did not want to feed.
There are still a few monarchs passing through on their way south. They stop at the butterfly bushes or zinnias to sip fuel.