I am tagging this year for the 1st time. It's suprisingly good exercise going through fields trying to catch butterflies. I hope to use all 100 tags I got.
Anyways, this nasty-hot muggy Kansas climate can be really obnoxious. I made a net based on instructions on this board. I usually finger-net my prey, but it has to be cooler and a little windy. That keeps them distracted, and focused on staying on the flowers when I sneak up. But right now I usually have to use the net. They flap like crazy in there, and I am surpised they don't get damaged. Anyone have problems with butterflies incurring escape-attempt damage?
Also, there must be a ton of oils and I certainly notice sweat getting to my fingertips. A couple of times, I see this mixture rubbing off on the wings. Are you supposed to use gloves or something? This is not a problem if the weather is nice.
Also, how hard are you supposed to press the tags on? I haven't crushed any wings yet, but sometimes it seems like I almost am. I guess I want to make sure the tags don't fall off.