Monarch Butterfly Was Tagged, Released Today

11 Aug

After only about 11 days in chrysalis, our Monarch butterfly emerged!

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His name is Leif.

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Kids gathered to watch Mila, who cared for the caterpillar in her home, release the beautiful butterfly after grownups tagged him with coded stickers.  The tags are part of Monarch Watch’s citizen science tagging project, which allows people to attach small stickers to Monarchs in order to help scientists study the migration patterns of this at-risk species.

Leif, a male, was marked with code AACB 225, and was released from CV on 08.11.19.milamonarchmomentIMG_4991

Today Leif embarked on a 6-to-8-week journey, and if the tag is recovered (hopefully in Mexico, the migrating Monarch’s destination) we will know he made it!  Or, if he makes it only as far as Texas or another US state, and his tag is recovered, we will learn those details.

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