Sunday, March 15, 2009

Enforced captivity


It's the dawn of the second day of the little monarch's life. I found that he had enlarged the hole he made in the leaf last night, after which he made his way to another leaf, and was actively exploring when I took these pictures.


I wonder if he's just looking for a place to settle down, or is he not satisfied with what this plant can provide in the way of nutrition? Maybe he's trying to find the real milkweed. In any case, I decided I had better put him and his plant in a little enclosure to keep him from wandering too far.



It will be harder to observe him now, but it's better just to let nature take its course for the next few days, and then I'll open it up and see how he's doing.
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