The Monarch is dead/Long live the Monarch

It is like that Donald Barthelme story, The School.
L believes in Monarch butterflies. He believes they are important. He planted milkweed. When we see a Monarch pass by, we note it. But we have not seen flying Monarchs in the last few days. This is because our home is becoming a hospice for Monarchs that are already dying as they emerge from the chrysalis. Right now there is Jo, hanging on a pansy. 




Her underwings were folded at the top, symmetrically, so it didn't look so bad. But evidently the folds are a problem, or maybe there's a problem we can't see. She has been hanging and occasionally opening her wings for two days. I made drops of water and some watered honey available to her, though I've read that they don't need to eat for two days. It's supposed to take them between a half hour and two hours of hanging before they fly away. Then there is Sam (also female), who emerged or eclosed tonight. She was doing something funny with her eye. It may have had to do with her right antenna that was way behind instead of in front. The left antenna was behind, too, but didn't seem to be a problem. Or maybe she was fusing together parts of her mouth to form the proboscis. A butterfly's face is a mix of black and white, and all of it is very small, and hard to see exactly what's going on in it. 






Then there is George.




L found him tonight on the fake antique Swedish chest, where their box is set. He must have crawled out of the box and fallen down. He was half out of the chrysalis. I helped him out and now he has crawled up the side of the box. His wings look like they're made of used chewing gum. (I am not sure of the gender. The first two are female because the veins are thick and there are not the two black dots on the wings that males have. I can't see much of George's wings.) There is one jade-green chrysalis left in the box. I bought them for L for his birthday. I bought him five, by mail, from Shady Oak Butterfly Farm in Florida. The first two emerged without problem. They were just suddenly there, in the foyer. Two others had smashed wings, and the third died in situ. We got four more, for free, but they had transit problems and arrived late, with butterfly blood (black) smeared on the inside of their white box and its attendant cotton. We took pictures and left a message with Shady Oak. I have spent hours online reading about Monarch hatching. There are people who trim wings, who detach defective wings and glue on a new one (that they just happened to have around). There are people who get tiny slivers of bamboo and glue them somehow to a bent wing. We are not those people. We are like hapless villagers in the midst of a war, not knowing what to do with wounded alien soldiers in our midst. Where is the Red Cross? Where is God?


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