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    Hi all

    We’re getting all prepared for tagging 2012 and hope you’ll join in.

    This year we are working with the NZ Association of Science Educators and schools will be encouraged to get involved. You can see the timeline here.


    Not only will classes and individuals be more involved in tagging, but they will be encouraged to plant swan plant seeds and learn to raise their plants and create a Milkweed Diary.

    We will also be running a special on-line course for children later in the year.

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    From: Chip Taylor <chip@ku.edu>
    Date: 5 March 2012 11:52
    Subject: [DPLEX-L:47644] Improper tagging
    To: dplex-l@listproc.cc.ku.edu

    While on the subject of tags and tagging, what’s wrong with the image in the link below? I’ll bet you all know.


    Each year we struggle to instruct people to teach people how to tag monarchs. The instructions are really pretty simple: place the tag on the mitten shaped (discal) cell on the underside of the hindwing. Yet, each year we receive images of monarchs that are improperly tagged. Usually the tag is placed too close to the margin on the hindwing – a weaker portion of the wing where the flexing of the wing is likely to result in breakage and loss of the tag and a portion of the wing – reducing the flight capability of the butterfly. Tags are placed on the discal cell for two reasons 1) this area is structurally sound and 2) the tag is close to the center of lift and gravity for the butterfly reducing the possibility of impeding flight. Under no circumstances should tags be placed on the upperside of the wings as shown in this image.

    Chip Taylor
    Monarch Watch
    Dplex-L: send message “info Dplex-L” to Listproc@ku.edu
    1-888-TAGGING -or- 1-785-864-4441
    University of Kansas
    1200 Sunnyside Avenue
    Lawrence, KS 66045-7534
    Create, Conserve, and Protect Monarch Habitats




    Ashburton, 7700




    Riverhead, Auckland 0820
    Torbay, Auckland, 0630



    Thanks Jacqui much appreciated:-))
    I see none from Dunedin at this stage..




    To date this is the list:

    Suburb City PostCode
    Russell Bay of Islands 0202
    RD1 Russell 0272
    kerikeri 0275
    Waimate North RD3 Kerikeri 0293
    Kohukohu Hokianga 0453
    Blockhouse Bay Auckland 0600
    Titirangi Auckland 0604
    Massey Auckland, 0614 0614
    Massey Auckland 0614
    Forrest Hill Auckland 0620
    Birkenhead Auckland 0630
    Red Beach Auckland 0932
    Pt Chevalier Auckland 1022
    onehunga auckland 1061
    One Tree Hill Auckland 1061
    One Tree Hill Auckland 1061
    Glendowie Auckland 1071
    Greenlane Auckland 1746
    East Tamaki Auckland 2013
    East Tamaki Heights Auckland 2016
    Weymouth Manukau City 2103
    Clevedon Auckland 2248
    Maramarua RD 1 Pokeno 2471
    paerata rd1 pukekohe 2676
    Tauranga Bay of Plenty 3110
    Matua Tauranga 3110
    Pillans Point Tauranga 3110
    Tauriko Tauranga 3110
    Bethlehem Tauranga 3110
    Bellevue Tauranga 3110
    Greerton TAURANGA 3112
    Pyes Pa Tauranga 3112
    Omokoroa 3114
    Papamoa Beach Papamoa 3118
    Papamoa Papamoa 3118
    Opotiki Eastern Bay of Plenty 3122
    Kawerau Bay of Plenty 3169
    Tauranga Bay of Plenty 3176
    R D 7 Te Puke 3187
    R.D.8 Hamilton 3288
    Whitianga 3510
    waihi 3610
    Gisborne 4010
    Rawhiti Napier 4182
    Clive Hawke’s Bay 4201
    inglewood taranaki 4330
    stratford taranaki 4332
    Feilding Manawatu 4702
    Dannevirke Wairarapa 4930
    Wainuiomata Wellington 5014
    Te Horo Otaki 5582
    Miramar Wellington 6022
    Seatoun Wellington 6022
    Berhampore Wellington 6023
    Nelson 7010
    Nelson 7010
    Nelson 7010
    Nelson South Nelson 7010
    Stoke Nelson 7011
    Picton 7220
    hampstead ashburton 7700
    Hokitika 7810
    Watlington Timaru 7910
    Ilam Christchurch 8041
    South Shore Christchurch 8062
    Christchurch 8062
    New Brighton Christchurch 8083
    Wanaka Otago 9305
    Waikiwi Invercargill 9810

    There may well be more joining up in the future, but these are the locations of taggers at present.



    Jacqui is there any chance the tagging people can find out how many are tagging in their area. Like for us say Waitakere to Riverhead?

    We don’t need an address (as I understand about the privacy act)just like locations eg: Te atatu South (x2), Henderson (x1), Massey, Riverhead etc… this is just to help the people tagging to know if they have others in their area. As this came up at our tagging demo yesterday at home;-)

    Perhaps other people tagging might like to make contact with people in their area, and can let you know.. Just a thought.



    Yes, the Youtube vidceos are in the pipeline, Paul. Most of us are very busy with a display down in Christchurch and also releasing the Monarchs at the civic memorial – so it will be done in the next few weeks, one on tagging and one on catching butterflies.

    Soon come!!!


    Paul Scott

    Our school, Mercury Bay Area School, are looking at getting involved. There are other primary schools in our area too so I will encourage them also.

    A couple of first impressions as a non-expert and looking at getting involved…

    A simplified information sheet for teachers and parents would be a bonus. One of my first thoughts was a Youtube video to help teachers in the first instance, they will need to get up to speed if they are to be the ‘experts’. The video clip would also be useful for parents supporting their children. Science Week is not until 7th May so there is time to “GET READY”.

    I would be happy to help with preparing some resources if required.



    Thanks Jane. Is this one of your photos??
    I love the flowers..



    Here is a photo of a tagged butterfly. I think it’s from the 2009 season.

    Photo of tagged butterfly for forum post on same



    Happy to help on a Fri at schools for tagging;)
    When I have the tags will give a video a go and see how it comes out.
    I will see if I have a photo of a tagged butterfly to show everyone.
    All sounds exciting Jacqui;)



    Excellent Charlotte.

    The tags are still being labelled but everyone who has registered for tagging will be emailed as soon as they are ready to go. Tagging should begin 1 March.

    We are also looking for people to demonstrate tagging to schools etc. More about that in the email update when it comes.

    If anyone is interested in making a film of “how to tag a butterfly” or “catching a butterfly with a net” (for use by schools) it would be great to upload them to Youtube. There are quite a few on there already but nothing NZ I think.



    Great work!
    I will be tagging this year and hopefully a few within our group may want to give it a go as well;)
    Let me know when we have to register.

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