SOTHWEST MONARCH STUDY
Springerville / Eager Arizona July 31 - August 1, 2010
Bob (left) and Gail (not in picture) Morris started the weekend at the High Country Hummers Festival at Sipe White Mountain Wildlife Area spreading the word about the Monarch Butterflies.
When Gail (not in picture) starts talking about Monarchs people will stop to learn about them.
Poison Milkweed (aka Horsetail Milkweed, Whorled Milkweed), Asclepias subverticillata at Winema Wildlife Area.
Milkweed is the favorite food of Monarchs and Queen Butterflies. They digest the poisons causing predators to avoid them.
Male Monarch Butterfly on a Milkweed at Winema Wildlife Area
HOW TO TAG A MONARCH
Step 1) Find a Monarch
Step 2) Catch the Monarch
Close up of the Tags that are placed on the wings of Monarch Butterflies
Step 3) Tag the Monarch
Step 4) A test strip for Ophtyocystis elektroscirrha (OE) is used on the abdomen of a Monarch. OE is a protozoan parasite.
After use this is what the OE test patch looks like after use
Step 5) The final step is the releasing of the Monarch back into the wild
Gail Morris (right) shows what fun a morning tagging Monarchs can be...
and great family fun!
Bob Morris (leg in the picture) has a way with Butterflies, this Painted Lady wanted his attention
Picture Taken by Michael Clinton , rights reserved