I had the rare opportunity of handling a Monarch Butterfly. Normally they are very skittish and avoid humans at all costs. It is hard to sneak up on one on a flower but this one I think had just opened its new wings.
The wings looked real bright in color and sort of folded just like they came out of the cocoon. It could fly but it did not have a lot of wing power.
So, I placed it on a leaf way up high so it could charge the wings and begin its new life.