found injured butterfly...need help!

Chris J. Durden drdn at
Sat Jun 26 15:31:46 EDT 1999

At 02:31  27/06/99 GMT, you wrote:
>>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 this
>>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 could
>be kept as a pet for a few weeks.  You must provide an adequate living space
>and material to walk on since it cannot fly.  Butterflies have problems with
>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 contain
>the nectar. Old watermelon works wonders too.
>The damage you observe could be due to numerous environmental factors.  
>Best Wishes
  Some of them like fish emulsion too.
.........Chris Durden

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