Today is September 10, 06 and for my area (Adrian, MI 41.9076 lat 84.0644 long) the tagging of wild monarchs is very slow. By this day last year we had tagged a total of 275 and ran out of tags, wishing we had purchased more tags there were so many.
This year so far we have tagged 6 wilds, and not for lack of walking the goldenrod fields here, they just are not coming through. Those that are; are flying in a direct westerly pattern.
We seem to have went right into Fall with temperatures here and forecasts calling for upper 60s and overcast. I am hoping it is just that weather that has slowed migration, and the monarchs north of here are waiting for the nice 80 degree days with sunshine!
I have released aprrox. 60 reared monarchs, have 4 in chysalis stage and 14 in last instar.
Happy Tagging to All!