Let's talk about Monarchs!
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Jim wrote:Monofarch's correct; here are the specifics...
The tags are made from a white polypropylene all-weather stock. They are circular (.89cm), lightweight (<.01g), and printed with black permanent ink. The tags are placed over the discal cell, a large mitten-shaped cell on the underside of a monarch's hindwing (instructions and diagrams are included in the Tagging Kits). Here's a graphic from this year's datasheet:
The text on the 2004 tags reads:
TAG @ KU.EDU
XXX ### (unique tag code)
I think this is a perfect argument for tagging on the West Coast. Last season we released well over 500 Monarchs at Bonfante Gardens Family Theme Park. Imagine if we'd been able to tag them!!! It would have been simply amazing to see if any came back to us. This year we have expanded our Monarch Butterfly education program. And in addition to the milkweed we already had planted at the Park, we are also supplementing it with more that we are growing from seed. We are hoping our Monarch population far exceeds what it was last year.Because scientists don’t know whether the monarchs east and west of the Rockies are genetically different, every effort is being made not to move monarchs from one side of the Rockies to the other. However, both populations are thought to represent the same species.
Jewel wrote:How sad. I think that's totally wrong.
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