charmingmonarchs wrote:I have read that you can use a permanent marker to tag the butterflies and then record your information in a log book. Does anyone know of or have any experience with this? Will Monarch Watch acknowledge butterflies that are tagged in this manner?
Using a permanent marker is NOT
an acceptable way to tag monarchs during the fall migration for long distance mark and recapture. However, many lepidopterists use this method to mark individuals so that they can be recognized again in a local reproductive population. You can imagine many studies in which one would need/want this sort of identification with a simple number and/or symbol, but again, such markings are simply not appropriate for the large-scale mark and recapture study Monarch Watch conducts. Monarch Watch will not dedicate any resources to collecting or reporting any data from such markings so please do not employ this method during the monarch migration.
The preprinted self adhesive tags manufactured for Monarch Watch each year are specifically designed for monarch tagging and are the only means of contributing data to Monarch Watch's Tagging Program. Tagging Kits with 25-500 tags (item #121239) are available from $15 via the Monarch Watch Shop at
http://shop.monarchwatch.org/category.a ... gging_kits
or 1-800-780-9986 (M-F 8:00 - 8:00 ET).
If you have any other questions about this please feel free to drop us a line anytime - thanks!