Deformed Monarchs

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  • #43612

    AndreiH
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    I have 2 Monarchs that seem deformed. One has a short body and one a normal sized body but they both seem to have something wrong with their feet. They seem to stumble around and lose balance, so they keep falling over and keep flipping backwards. I’m just wondering what could be causing this behaviour.

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  • #43666

    GaynorTait
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    I have just released a beautiful healthy female monarch butterfly, then discovered we had a grossly deformed butterfly in the castle with very crumpled wings. Put it in the freezer to stop it from suffering.

    #43626

    Caryl
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    I’m wondering if their chrysalides were unmarked? This site is a good source of information about damaged chrysalides and the likely deformities in the butterfly.
    It’s sad to see isn’t it?
    http://www.butterflyfunfacts.com/pupae-flaws.php

    #43614

    AndreiH
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    No, all the monarchs have emerged

    #43613

    Jacqui
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    Hi Andre – there are lots of reasons but as its late in the season, and numbers of diseased monarchs have built up over the summer, I would think that some sort of disease or pathogens is causing the problem. Another possibility is spray drift or chemicals. Monarchs can be easily affected by such things as flea collars on pets or the plug-in insect controls.

    Take a look through some of the posts under the hot tag “disease” to the right here, this might help you sort out a few possibilities.

    Do you have more monarchs yet to emerge?

    Jacqui

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