I'm sorry if this has already been covered- but I tried to do a search and did not find many results.
Does it often happen that a monarch emerges and then does not (can not?) cling to anything? Mine are in a mesh cage, and I had a totally successful brood of 5 about a month ago. Now I have 6, and 3 emerged this morning. 2 of those 3 simply would not climb or cling or latch on to anything
I offered sticks, flowers, dried flowers, my finger....
Finally, I offered a fuzzy wool sock... and the butterflies were able to grab and hang onto that! So I put it on a coat hanger (the kind with 2 clips at either end, with the sock stretched out) and hung it up with the butterflies on it. One was able to get her wings to fully unfold successfully, the other, not quite so much
Anyway, just a suggestion in case anyone else has this problem- something I found useful.
Does anyone know why this sometimes happens, and any other suggestions for when it does?