Dave and Annie’s interesting, but short-lived “pet” appears to be weathering indoor conditions here in North Dakota with about as much as can be reasonably expected. I say ‘reasonably’ because I have no idea of the lifespan of a captured and cared-for monarch butterfly they’ve aptly named, Flutter.
The male butterfly was taken in their home in October and has thus far survived, largely on a diet of apple juice the two feed him every day. But as the photo shows, he is beginning to show outward signs of age. They recently treated their invited guest to a carnation which he seemed to relish.
As Dave puts it, “His wings are chipped up a bit and his front legs donâ€™t really work anymore, but hey, he is probably 80 in human years!”
Still an amazing story to me.