By Bob Pish
Photos by the author.
I started this morning by hand feeding each, and then placing them back in the Monarch house.
Then when the temperature reached about 60 degrees I moved the Monarch House out on the patio to let them have some more real sunlight and warm themselves a bit more.
I then took them out again and hand fed them and still had to use a pin to unfurl their proboscis and dip it into the spoon full of honey water. I held them there over the food for a considerable amount of time as they seemed to want to eat hearty perhaps sensing something was up with the bright light, minor earthquakes [as I moved the box] and the change of view.
Then one flew up and headed south but landed high in a mesquite tree. The other did not budge so I lifted him out and put him on my hand. And took a group picture of the last Monarch and me. But again he seemed quite relaxed and content to sit there for quite a while and was unfazed by my movements to take the picture. Finally I â€œloftedâ€ him into the air.
He circled around a bit and landed high in a Mesquite over the patio. Both Monarchs have remained in their tree perches now for a couple of hours occasionally flapping their wings but not flying away.
This ends what for me has been a very interesting experiment.