A Monarch that won't fly?
We found our first Chrysalis and things were transforming well. Then after allowing the butterfly to dry her wings attempted to put her outside that following day. It was evening so we thought we would wait for the following day.
She has never been able to fly. She flutters her wings but it has been three days or more(her bottom wing is bit crinkled). We have set her outside on a tree and she ends up on the ground the next day. She is still alive but unable to fly.
I suppose there is nothing more we can do for her? My kids and i have grown attached to this butterfly. I know that sounds silly! :) Do you have any suggestions.
I am so sorry about your butterfly...
If it is a Monarch Butterfly it probably has a parasite problem called OE or Ophryocystis elektroscirrha. This parasite is spread from spores on the milkweed to pupa, then butterfly and egg. Monarchs that emerge with OE often have wings which are weak and aren't properly formed along with other problems and usually die.
If you had the chrysalis inside your house and used any container to hold it, make sure and sterilize with a 20% bleach solution, otherwise the spores could spread and infect any future monarchs that you raise.
Here is a link which tells about OE:
I hope this helps.