This morning around 8:00 I had my first emergence- a beautiful female monarch, medium-size.
In about 20 minutes she had pumped out here wings, and after about 4 hours, she was rather restless, crawling around and flapping. This continued until I decided it was best to release her. So I slapped on a tag and took her out to a field. She held on to my finger with the wind blowing for a little while, and then made her first flight, about 25 yards, to land on a stem, where I waved goodbye.
I was wondering if this was a bit to early of a release? Also, I've read on this site that you can release them the next day. But, this monarch was so active in its cage that I thought keeping it overnight would be stressfull to it. Any thoughts on this? I have seven more on the way.