Monarch Butterfly Update

Monarch season is over for the year.


You watched the baby caterpillars grow


and make their chrysalis

monarch chysalis


to start another generation of monarchs.


This year, I was able to tag 50 monarchs.

tagged monarch As we speak, volunteers in El Rosario, Mexico have begun the long process of collecting tagged butterflies.  Of the millions that are there, I know it’s a longshot that mine will be discovered.  But, in my mind, all 50 have made it and are basking in the mountain sun.  A list of recoveries will be posted around February or March of 2014.

We shall see!


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The Plight of the Monarch Butterfly
How to be a Butterfly Wrangler
Caterpillar Cribs
Monarch Watch Program

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I'm an Arkansas girl born and raised. I garden in the beautiful Northwest part of the state (zone 6b or 7) surrounded by the Ozark Mountains. My favorite part about the area is we have 4 distinct seasons and are able to enjoy a variety of activities. My main passion is gardening but I also enjoy hiking, birding, 4-wheeling and motorcycle trips. Basically anything outside. Thanks for stopping by! Brenda
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20 Responses to Monarch Butterfly Update

  1. Cool … how long does a monarch butterfly live? I’ve always wondered how long that flight takes…


  2. Loved the picture sequence. Do you notice the environment playing truant and the number of monarchs declining over the years?



    • The last few years I have noticed a severe decline in the number of monarchs. But this year they were everywhere! Weather plays a huge role in the migration pattern and that’s why tagging is important to the program. It lets them track their path.


  3. Holleygarden says:

    How exciting! Oh, I hope all your butterflies make it. But, if you don’t hear from all of them, I would guess that the others must have decided to go to Florida instead. Fingers crossed!


  4. How cool, that there’s a list published of the Found ones!


  5. Peter/Outlaw says:

    We’re all rooting for you little butterflies! Hope every one of yours made it!


  6. bittster says:

    Good luck little guys! I’m always amazed by what these butterflies can accomplish. I’m glad you saw so many during the migration, that’s nice to hear considering most people weren’t as lucky.


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  8. I am awed and so, so jealous. We never had more than three monarchs at a time this year and no caterpillars that I could find.


  9. So cool that you were able to tag so many…and here’s hoping they will make it!!


  10. I’m so glad that you got to tag that many!


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