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Tagging Migrating Monarch Butterflies In Transylvania For MonarchWatch


Last updated 12/16/2015 at 1:15pm

Several monarchs drawing nectar together on goldenrod. (Photos courtesy of Torry Nergart)

It would be easy to think that if you saw a group of adults out chasing butterflies with nets in the open spaces around town, that they had to be a little off – and maybe so. But when I go netting these beautiful insects, I do it with real purpose.

This year, 100 monarch butterflies that stopped to drink nectar from Transylvania County's fall blossoms were tagged with a small adhesive sticker belonging to the Monarch Watch program. Admin-istered through the University of Kansas, this program tracks monarch migration. These butterflies make an annual journey south – a distance of over...

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