Gardening for Butterflies, Birds and Bees forum: Kentucky...monarch discovered... what to do?

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Name: UrbanWild
Kentucky (Zone 6b)
Kentucky - borderline of 6a & 6b
Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Butterflies
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UrbanWild
Nov 23, 2017 2:55 PM CST
While ripping out tomato vines I found a monarch chrysalis. Milkweeds are nearby. Since we had a few hard freezes, I brought it inside just in case. It was already pretty well developed. A fresh female emerged a couple of days ago. It has beena little too cool for flight so I've kept it caged. We have a few days of near 60 and sunny coming so I'm hoping to release then. Any tips for trying to keep it alive until then? She looks a little shaky at this time.
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Name: Judy
Mid Atlantic Coastal Plain USA (Zone 7b)
Butterflies
MariposaMaid
Nov 24, 2017 5:13 PM CST
Texas Butterfly Ranch has some suggestions on feeding while awaiting better weather for release. Good luck.
http://texasbutterflyranch.com...
Name: UrbanWild
Kentucky (Zone 6b)
Kentucky - borderline of 6a & 6b
Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Butterflies
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UrbanWild
Dec 7, 2017 10:28 PM CST
Update: Released around noon on a sunny 60 degree day on flowering gray coneflower. Gone 2 hours later. 5 days of sunny 60s after that. Hope and a prayer.
Always looking for interesting plants for pollinators and food! Bonus points for highly, and pleasantly scented plants.

"Si hortum in bibliotheca habes, nihil deerit." [“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”] -- Marcus Tullius Cicero in Ad Familiares IX, 4, to Varro. 46 BCE

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