This is my first year for tagging Monarchs, and what a delight! A knowledgeable friend guided me in tagging three (all males) at his home in Pottstown, PA (GBW 726, GBW 759, GBW 761) on 9-13. He sent me home with a chrysalis from his garden & an extra tag. I took the chrysalis with me to my office the next day and it delighted 99% of my co-workers. One already knew about such things, since his wife & daughter are teachers and had done similar projects in the classroom. One of my co-workers teased she was going to get the Raid & spray it because she doesn't like bugs. We all had a really fun time laughing along with her.
Since the chrysalis was really dark and quite transparent that morning, I figured it would emerge that day, & it didn't disappoint. My co-workers were thrilled to see the process. It was another male, and by the time I brought it home with me, it was attempting to fully extend its wings. I never did see it eat, even all the next day, while I again had it along to the office, this time in a copier paper box, with a netting over the top (having tagged it with GBW 760). Everyone was delighted to see it again, but I was worried because it wouldn't eat.
In the early afternoon I sat it outside with part of the box in the sunshine, and that perked it up a bit, but I was still concerned it wasn't going to be able to fly when I released it due to lack of nourishment. Well, I needn't have worried because when I released it on 9-15, as soon as I arrived home, it emerged from the opened box, flew straight up into the sky - way above my house, made a sharp left, flew over my house & headed south & then southwest, and off into the sunshine. I was delighted to say the least! Now I have visions of it strong and happy flying home.