Dr. Linda Fink from the Biology Department at Sweet Briar College and
I’m going to feed a monarch butterfly. I’m just going to
take some normal table sugar. And I’m going to make a sugar solution
that’s about 1 part sugar to 4 parts water. I can use any kind
of a flattish dish. It doesn’t matter what you use because butterflies
are not fussy.
"What’s that you’re putting in the dish?"
a Kleenex, and Lincoln tells me that Kleenex is better than other paper
things, so we use Kleenex. We keep our butterflies, when we have to
hold them for awhile, in these little wax envelopes, glassine envelopes.
They are not air tight. This is a female butterfly.
long as I hold her by her four wings, by the front edge of the wings,
she’s not going to struggle too much--she’s not going to
be flapping. Now I’m just going to take a pin. She’s going
to taste this sugar with her front feet, so if she’s thirsty she
might put her proboscis out all by herself. But if she isn’t,
I’m going to help her out a little bit, I’m going to uncurl
her proboscis, and if she’s hungry…. There she goes!
a butterfly has eaten it needs to have a bath. We’re going to
do it the informal way and give her a shower. And that’s so she
doesn’t get little bits of sugar encrusted on her legs and on