“Grounded” Monarch Butterfly

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.

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2 Responses to “Grounded” Monarch Butterfly

  1. pollyann says:

    The butterfly perished today so it lived about a week. It is on my desk right now.

  2. pollyann says:

    The butterfly is still alive.

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