Monarchs Are Migrating Through Houston!

Now the Monarchs are really migrating through Houston!  We saw probably close to 10 Monarchs today.  The strange thing was most of them just kept on flying, they didn’t stop anywhere in the yard.

Fortunately, not all of them kept on flying.  Two of them stopped by and I was able to tag them.  One (the male) was on the Butterfly Bush, whereas the female was on the Milkweed.

For those interested, the female was tag NGC #402 and the male was tag NGC 403.

I couldn’t get my camera out in time, so these two pictures were taken with my iPhone, which was the only camera I had nearby.

Tagged Monarch Female NGC 402

Tagged Monarch Female NGC 402

Tagged Monarch Male NGC 403

Tagged Monarch Male NGC 403

Cesar - Hey Lawrence, just ran into a tagged female monarch today. I wish the numbering was bigger though. It was hard to read even at 2 feet away but I read 105 or 115, I think it was 105 though. Was this one you tagged or no?October 16, 2010 – 12:36 pm

Cesar - Sorry forgot to add, this was the hardest to read but I think the word was NIL before the number 105 or 115October 16, 2010 – 12:42 pm

texdr - Not one of mine. Mine start with NGC. I think you can search for recovered tags after the new year at

That’s pretty cool finding a tagged Monarch. I wonder if someone local tagged her or if she was tagged up North?October 16, 2010 – 10:27 pm

Vicki N. Martin - I tagged a monarch at the Norfolk,VA Botanical Gardens in September 2012. The monarch tag was RCZ 208. This one tag was along with others but that was the one I tagged. We were told that they would probably leave Norfolk, VA and travel to Mexico.

We were told that we would probably be able to track them. I havent’ been able to find out anything. I realize the chances are slim and I don’t know if Norfolk even followed up with sending this information out.

Thank youMarch 1, 2013 – 1:42 pm

texdr - Monarch Watch (the group that sends out the tags and posts information on the recovered tags) is notoriously slow in posting updates to their recovered tags because they have few resources. Here’s the link for searching for tag recoveries I searched for the tag number you listed and didn’t see anything. I don’t think they’ve even processed the 2012 recoveries since the Monarchs are just now likely beginning to migrate from Mexico.March 1, 2013 – 9:38 pm

Vicki N. Martin - TEXDR:

Thank you so much for taking the time to email me back.

Hopefully we will hear something later.

That is the website that I have been checking. I will continue to do so.

Thank you again.
Vicki N. Martin
Suffolk, VAMarch 4, 2013 – 12:17 pm

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