Howdy all! I was tagging a bunch of monarchs Tuesday in my yard, and was surprised to feel how STRONG they are! I assume they were reared in the wild, and also assume they were heading south. Just holding them and feeling their wings try to beat was quite amazing.
Butterflies I rear and handle (for OE/tagging etc) just don't seem to be as "frantic" or "strong". Maybe it's the desire to "nectar and continue south and damn if some chick is gonna try to put a sticker on me"?
Is this just me? I have to say I have not handled wild butterflies in the past, so am completely clueless. Are they usually this strong, or is the migrating population stronger for a(n obvious) reason??
Anyone else notice this? (or care?