Will we ever tag Admirals?

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    Butternut
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    Just a question for all the ones in the know. Do you think it is worthwhile to tag Admirals (especially the reds) so we can study them as well as the Monarchs?

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    Jacqui
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    Hello Butternut – I think that probably they are too scarce in most parts of NZ to be part of tagging. They also have much different behaviour and I think it would be difficult to note a tag number (if you “found” a tagged admiral) whereas monarchs tend to stop right in front of your face and nectar. They’re not afraid.

    So I can’t see it happening right now. And maybe in ten years the tags will be smaller or perhaps even emitting GPS signals.

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