Researchers: Keep An Eye Out For Tagged Monarch Butterflies
By Monica Spain, KPLU 88.5
If you’re lucky enough to spot a lacy monarch butterfly as it heads south for winter, look closely. You might see something unusual on its wing.
In a town in northern California, a young girl noticed a white sticker with an email address on a butterfly’s wing when it landed on her garage door.
“She took note and emailed me, so it proved the system worked,” said Dr. David James, an entomologist at Washington State University.
James is a guy who is fascinated by bugs. He’s tracking western monarch butterflies. The sticker the girl saw on the butterfly had his email printed on it.
The monarch butterfly has been studied for decades east of the Rocky Mountains, but much less is known about western monarchs. Scott Black, executive director of the conservation group Xerces Society, says there has been a 90 percent decline of the monarch in North America, which is why tagging is important work.