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Monarch Migration
Every where we go and every time we go outside lately we see monarch #butterflies in the air or feeding or resting. They are definitely on the move! Here are a couple that I've seen in the last few days, one here at home on goldenrod at the edge of the field and one at Lake Glendale.
Check out http://monarchwatch.org/tagmig/index.htm for more information.
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10/7/16
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Monarch Tagging
If you've never seen how monarch #butterfly tagging is done, here's a link to my album with a few pictures from last weekend's event. The tiny tag has information that will allow anyone who finds the butterfly to learn where it was tagged and to report where it was found.

https://goo.gl/photos/pkq4HFtmK9E5Dsg38

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Cub Scout and Monarch
A Cub Scout prepares to release his monarch #butterfly after it has been tagged and logged by a trained volunteer.

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Viceroy
Not just Monarch #butterflies get captured during the tagging event; a few other species and some dragonflies find their way into the nets, too. This lovely viceroy #butterfly was caught and, of course, immediately released. Before departing it took some time to sample a bit of moisture and salt from the finger of a Cub Scout, whose blue shirt made a perfect complementary background.
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Monarchs on the Move
We've been seeing lots of migrating monarch #butterflies in the air lately. This past weekend we attended a monarch tagging event and I got a few interesting pictures of the process to share. The Barkhausen Cache River Wetlands Center hosts tagging events from late September through early October. This past weekend's event involved a large group of Cub Scouts who were quite successful in catching quite a few monarchs that were then tagged by trained volunteers and released. As I was strolling around with my camera I came upon one of the pollinator demonstration gardens that is planted with asters and tropical milkweed. I found three monarchs feeding there and managed to get this picture of one of them.
More to follow!
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Three Red Spotted Purples
While hiking at Ferne Clyffe State Park this past weekend we came across these three red spotted purple #butterflies. They had found some kind of "goop" on the ground (perhaps where an animal had been sick?) and were so preoccupied with it that they didn't notice me sitting down quite close to them and moving around to get these pictures. Fill light provided by off camera flash held by my lovely assistant. :-)
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9/13/16
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Viceroy on Oak Tree
This is the viceroy #butterfly that lit on our car shortly after this photo was taken (see earlier post). I used just a bit of fill flash to enhance the image.
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Viceroy
Friday was a beautiful day for a top-down outing, cool and dry. We stopped at the Grassy Slough Overlook for a bit of a stroll. As we were getting ready to get back in the car this viceroy #butterfly  decided to pay us a visit.
Then, as we started to drive away he lit on the windshield and we had to wait for him to fly off before we could leave. #drivetopless  
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Monarch Update
We're finding quite a few caterpillars lately. We had to move one to a new common milkweed plant because the plant it was on was just about all consumed. The two in this picture were munching on a tropical milkweed plant. (Which just happens to be growing among a bunch of zinnias.)
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Summer Azure
Today's butterfly is the tiny summer azure.
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