found injured butterfly...need help!

quiche quiche at
Sat Jun 26 23:09:37 EDT 1999

Semjase wrote in message <19990626223122.07138.00004762 at>...
>>Subject: found injured butterfly...need help!
>>From: "quiche" <quiche at>
>>Date: Sat, 26 June 1999 10:11 PM EDT
>>Message-id: <930449829.985.10 at>
>>I found a butterfly on my patio with a deformed wing.  I am not sure if
>>is an injury or a genetic defect, but it cannot fly.
>>Should I attempt to sustain its life?  How do I provide food and shelter?
>>What would be the most humane action?
>>Can anyone help??
>Depends on how bad he is, if it can walk around with a lot of energy it
>be kept as a pet for a few weeks.  You must provide an adequate living
>and material to walk on since it cannot fly.  Butterflies have problems
>getting a grip on smooth surfaces.
>They can be fed on a sucrose or fructose solution of under 10%.  Many
>Nymphalids will feed by themselves but swallowtails often require force
>feeding.  Use a small plastic container such as a soda bottle cap to
>the nectar. Old watermelon works wonders too.
>The damage you observe could be due to numerous environmental factors.
>Best Wishes

Thank you so much for your reply!

He is able to walk around.  I was afraid birds would get him, so I put him
in a large metal watering can.  I will move him to some sort of box

Will sugar and water work?

I will let you know what happens!

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