I'm in southern Australia where it is now quite cool, and cold at night. Unfortunately the butterflies kept laying until really late so now I'm finding caterpillars, pupae, dark pupae, emerging butterflies and dying butterflies every day. Not to mention the dozen or so pupae still in a couple of glass tanks inside.
I have a very big, heated, glass-fronted box where I can put the butterflies until a warm day. But I can't get them to feed. I've made artifical feeders like plastic flowers which can hold a piece of sponge or gaudy beads and I've tried melon juice, Gatorade, sugar syrup or diluted honey. But they ignore them, and even when I've put the butterfly on to a feeder it will never return of its own accord. Is this Nature's way of telling me I'm wasting my time? Or am I doing something wrong?
I've read every article or post that I can find and other people don't seem to have this problem. I hate watching these lovely things die of cold outside or refuse to eat inside.