new monarch can't fly

Asked October 27, 2015, 2:27 PM EDT

A monarch emerged from it's chrysalis in my backyard garden yesterday, late afternoon. It tried to fly and flap it's wings (to dry, I think) for over 2 hours but it could not fly. It was getting dark. We relocated it to the base of a milkweed plant. It settled down and hung on a small plastic stake in the dirt of the pot. That was 6 pm last night. It is now 11 am the next day and the butterfly is still there. What is your advice? Should we put it back on the grass where it was trying to fly yesterday or just leave it alone? There are 2 more caterpillars on the milkweed that might form chrysalises soon.

Los Angeles County California

1 Response

My advice would be to let nature be nature and leave it self.