One evening I was out working around the tomato plants in our back yard. I started walking back to the house when I noticed this fellow on the ground.
I bent over to look at him and wondered why he was just sitting there and his why his wings were open. Usually you don't see a monarch with there wings open...at least I never have for a long period of time anyway.
I went for my camera and when I came back he was still there. I took some more pics.
When I got down on the ground and sat still beside him it was then I realized he was shivering like he was cold. And he wasn't trying to fly. I got a small stick and tried to get him to perch on it. He grabbed onto it and I lifted it up but he fluttered back to the ground and still just sat there.....and then he would shiver again. Then I realized his wing was hurt.
There is a road that runs along our yard and I thought perhaps he had flew in front of a car. Now this is by no means a super highway, just a local road for families to get into there homes. Still in all, he was injured and I felt so bad for him. I didn't want to let him sit there in the yard so I tried to think where I could put him that perhaps he could rest and recover enough to fly away.
So I got him on the stick again and into my hand. It was the funniest feeling to feel his little feet tickling the skin on my hand.
So here I am trying to take pics with one hand and he's shivering so they are sort of fuzzy.
He rested there for a bit and then I remembered my one flower pot out front of the house. I put him on the flower and he moved around and got himself situated. He seemed to be content there so I went about my business. I checked on him later and he was still there.
When I left for work in the morning I checked again and he was still there, his wings wet with the dew because they were open. I didn't know how that would affect him but I left him alone and went to work.
When I came home, I went to the pot and he was gone. I checked around in the flowers to make sure that he hadn't died and dropped down but I could not find him anywhere........soooooo I'm hoping he got his strength back and apparently he was able to fly because he was gone.