Tagged Monarch

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Tagged Monarch
This monarch was found nectaring at butterfly bush at the East Brunswick Butterfly Park on Sunday. I'm waiting for the information on who tagged it, when and where, but is really cool to find one with a tag.
Posted by David Moskowitz on September 8, 2009 Full Size|

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Reply Dave Moskowitz
9:13 AM on September 10, 2009 
Mary Anne Ross says...
If people see one with a tag, how do they catch the butterfly without hurting it? I thought if it lost the powder on its wings it would die. Are there any other bugs that have tags?

Hi Mary Anne, that is a great question. Although the butterfly wing seems pretty fragile, it is actually a marvel of natural engineering and is very strong. It is crossed by strong veins and the strength is "proven" by the monarch's ability to fly to Mexico. I've seen very tattered butterflies flying so fast, that even with my running at a full clip, I still couldnt catch them. If someone does see a monarch with a tag on it (I'm not aware of any other butterfly species tagging programs), probably the best thing to do after freaking out a bit if you dont have a net (although I would suggest getting one and throwing it in your car and carrying it pretty much every where you go, just in case), is to try and get as close as possible and read the code on it. The beauty of insects, is that they occur everywhere and anywhere and you just never know what you might find!
Reply Mary Anne Ross
8:02 PM on September 9, 2009 
If people see one with a tag, how do they catch the butterfly without hurting it? I thought if it lost the powder on its wings it would die. Are there any other bugs that have tags?