Category Archives: 2010 Tagging

Awesome Videos Of Monarchs Hatching

I have some awesome videos to share! We had two Monarch Chrysalises that looked like they were ready to hatch (eclose) today.  I brought the Butterfly enclosure outdoors and grabbed the video camera. And waited. And waited. And waited some more. Finally one of the Monarchs started to eclose.  After about 20 minutes of watching […]

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Female Monarch Emerging From Chrysalis

Here’s something new.  A female Monarch emerging from her Chrysalis. I saw this dark Chrysalis early this morning.  I assumed this Butterfly would emerge from the Chrysalis today, but I’ve never been around at the “right place and right time” to actually photograph the event happening. I was just staring at the Chrysalis seeing if […]

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Butterflies Dropping Out Of The Sky

Poor Butterflies.  Today was a beautiful day, but it was a little chilly for Butterflies.  I literally saw two Monarchs drop out of the sky.  These poor Butterflies were doing all they could to warm up in the sun, but the high was only 68 degrees.  They’d be flying around, then that cold North wind […]

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Young Male Monarch Fighting With Honeybee

We had a total of 4 Monarchs hatch today; 3 females and 1 male.  The 3 female Monarchs flew away as soon as they were released but the male Monarch stayed for a while on the Purple Coneflower. Of course, life is not easy for a Monarch Butterfly, and while this Butterfly was just trying […]

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Cloudless Sulphur, Fritillaries, And Monarchs

We still had quite a few Butterflies today, but a few less Monarchs than yesterday. The Butterflies that were really abundant today were the Gulf Fritillaries. The Mexican Milkweed appeared to be a popular gathering place for both the Monarchs and the Fritillaries.  Sometimes the Fritillaries and Monarchs would share the Milkweed, other times they […]

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Monarchs Migrate Through Houston As Predicted

The Monarch Butterflies were migrating through Houston today, just as I predicted 4 days ago (http://www.butterfliesandwildlife.com/2010/10/25/monarch-migration-prediction-for-texas/).  For what it’s worth, I’m predicting that we (folks in Texas and Houston specifically) will continue to see our largest number of migrating Monarchs through Saturday, October 30.  Sunday and Monday the wind will be blowing from the South, […]

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Leecy Tags Monarchs, Spots A Queen

Hi this is Leecy. I did all the work and took all the photos today so he wanted me to write my story. L called me today at work today and said that the chrysalis in the house probably will hatch today, so check it when I got home.  So, when I got home, I […]

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Monarch Migration 2010 Is Growing In Houston

The Fall 2010 Monarch Migration appears to be getting stronger in my backyard.  My best guess is we have about 10 Chrysalises, and 35 Caterpillars.  I’m also finding more and more eggs on the Milkweed. So far we have tagged 9 wild Monarchs, 6 females and 3 males.  On of the males I spotted today […]

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How To Tag A Monarch Butterfly

Remember the Monarch that we tagged a couple of days ago?  Well we made a video showing how we actually do the tagging.  Leecy does the narration. The next day, the same Butterfly appeared once again.  I’m beginning to wonder if she will have the strength to fly to Mexico.  She seems really worn out.

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Another Female Monarch Migrating To Mexico

We tagged our sixth Monarch today.  She was a female and was tagged with number NGC 405.  She didn’t appear until late afternoon, and spent the rest of the evening drinking from the Milkweed and laying some eggs.  Most of the other Monarchs we have seen have just hung around for a couple of hours, […]

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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 […]

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Monarch Number Two Has Been Tagged

Had a new Female Monarch visit today.  Like the first one, she was pretty beat up, but healthy enough to lay some eggs before moving on. She was tagged with NGC 401. After we tagged and released her, she flew over to the Basil for a quick re-assessment of what she came by for. After […]

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Minutes Old Monarch Caterpillar

Remember the female Monarch that came by to visit the other day?  I mentioned that she laid some eggs, and today one of those eggs hatched. I’ve never photographed a Monarch Caterpillar that was a mere minutes old. You can even see its egg casing in the background.  It’s quite amazing to me that these […]

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First Tagging Monarch Migration 2010

Woohoo! Our first Fall Migration Monarch appeared today.  She was a beautiful, but worn, female. Her colors are a bit faded, and she has some small tears on her bottom left wing, but she appeared strong and was laying eggs. We’ve never tagged Monarchs before, but this year we ordered several hundred tags.  Our tags […]

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