I received this coin from my friend and neighbor in Key West FL on Big Coppitt Key on April 11, 2019. Beth mentioned I am raising Monarch Butterflies, this is my second year. Last year I raised and released 36 in our small community here. This year I have raised and released 20 so far. I have 2 more to release. I am worried about one chrysalis. It has been black for quite a long time and hasn't emerged yet. That's one of the two, the other is eating mandarin orange and Gaterade on cotton ball. It's too windy today to let her go. If the other does emerge I'll release both tomorrow when it's not as windy. Then I have no more caterpillars. They have been hard to find this year. The milkweed we bought didn't produce any so far.
I'd like to tell you about our miracle butterfly. She traveled with us on a 1,000 mile trip as a chrysalis. We took the enclosure as we had intended to stay overnight. She remained as a chrysalis along with a few others thru out our trip. The next morning she emerged from the chrysalis and must not have gotten a good grip on it as she fell to the bottom of the enclosure. She remained still the rest of the day. When she did flutter I could see that her lower wing was turned under. Six others also emerged, when I was releasing them I hoped she would not escape the enclosure as I felt she was not strong enough to fly, even though that day was calm. She stayed in the enclosure overnight and late in the afternoon, she crawled onto my husband's hand. He took her outside, straightened out her wing and off she went. We feared she would fall into the canal right in front of our house, but she flew straight and true over the rooftops across the canal and into the wild blue yonder.
There is more to this story. I had been given information that she may be sick and should be euthanized. I said if that was true I could not do it, that I would release her and ''let nature do what nature does''. That was the day before. When we did release her as I've told you. Nature did what nature does and away she flew with her wing straightened. God takes care of all his creatures, even the tiny ones.
So now I have the butterfly coin in my pocket waiting to find a way to do a random act of kindness and pass it along. Be back to you when I have succeeded. Be kind and fly on. Trish
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