Well, yesterday, the little tiny butterfly emerged, and I'm happy to report that the little female is doing fine. We released her last night along with four of her brothers and sisters. Today, two more healthy males emerged, and we released them this evening.
Thus far, we have released a total of 34 Monarchs this year. Six or seven more are still left in this 3rd wave. We anxiously await to see how they do.
I went ahead and ordered migration tags for my fall batch of Monarchs this year. I decided to get 100 of them. We'll see if I can raise that many this fall. The tags are afixed to the right wing in a specific location. If they make it to Mexico, they might be caught and their tag information retreaved. This info is all housed in a main database at the University of Kansas. Tagging Monarchs is a fun exercise with your children or students and does not harm the butterflies in any way. For more information or to order your tags, visit http://www.monarchwatch.org/
Caleb & Janae Warren