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September 14, 2012 / virginiatrailschristine

Participate in Monarch Butterfly Tagging – September 22, 2012

Monarch Butterfly

Photo Courtesy of Christine Letsky-Anderson

Did you know Monarch Butterflies are the only butterfly species to complete a long two-way migration each year?  As the days grow shorter in late summer and early fall, Monarchs leave our area and make their way, sometimes traveling thousands of miles, to warmer southern climates.

To help track and learn more about migratory patterns, scientists have started tagging Monarchs.  A small adhesive tag, that weighs roughly 2% of the butterfly’s total weight, is applied to the strongest part of the wing.  Tagged butterflies are eventually recovered, providing a wealth of information about each butterfly’s seasonal trajectory.

Now, you have the opportunity to participate in a butterfly tagging workshop at the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum! Linda Marchman, owner of Social Butterflies, will be leading the session on Saturday, September 22 from 10:00 to noon.

More Information/Register for the Workshop

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