Monarch Tagging

$ 10.00 USD

Join us for our Monarch Tagging event on the third Sat in Sept 2018th at 11:00.

Enjoy the pictures below from last year's tagging event. I will be sharing pictures from this years event shortly. 

We hope you were able to join us for our tagging event on September 16th.Join us next year , the thrid Sat in Sept. The event will start at 11:00, visitors will learn about the Monarch Migration, and enter the house with a net. After catching a Monarch, they will tag their butterfly and take it outside to release it. Make sure to bring your camera... Registration is requested.

 Last year we had to have two sessions due to the large amount of visitors. If this occurs the second session will be around 1:00. 

 This will be our effort to help the University of Kansas with their Monarch Watch program.

Participants will learn about the Monarch Migration and after a brief program enter the Flying Flowers house to catch their monarch.  Monarchs will be identified ( as a boy or girl) receive a tag or the right hind wing and the data will be documented. 

Enjoy these pictures and see what fun you can have with our butterflies.

monarch tagging
all tagged and ready to be released
how to catch and tag
here is the tag
taking a picture while mom tags her butterfly

Scotty is as excited about taking close up pictures as the rest of us were with the tagging. 

here is another butterfly with a tag
here it is a boy monarch
sandra tags her monarch

Check out the close up of the tag below.  These amazing creatures will fly all the way to Mexico  and the University of Kansas Monarch Watch program will contact us if this butterfly is found. To learn more about this wonderful program check out 

another close up of a tagged monarch


Visitors caught the Monarchs with butterfly nets and all of us became children as we attempted to catch these winged wonders. Gregg and some of the taller folks helped out immensely and everyone had a chance to participate as we "released"  all but 10 of the remaining Monarchs to begin their Migration. 

Enjoy the pictures of our participants and come join us this on the 3rd Sat in Sept. 


getting instructions for monarch tagging

Lecture about the Monarch Migration, attendees listened intently all the while wanting to get into the house and start tagging.

Master Naturalist volunteer, Ellen Schaack,  shows one of our little visitors  a spicebush caterpillar. 

checking out the spicebush caterpillars

We found lots of Black Swallowtails caterpillars- They were devouring the Parsley and added to the fun of the day.   Here are a couple more below.

a couple of black swallowtail cats
carrie catches her monarch so Eleana can tag it

Mom you caught a butterfly! Now what? 

laying eggs, she will not be tagged

A Monarch is busy laying eggs totally oblivious that we are busy attempting to catch them so they can begin the migration. The eggs may  hatch but with cold weather coming it will be their demise.

pictures of eggs

Look at all the eggs the monarch just deposited on the Milkweed.

let's let her go

The whole family is in on the release, first you catch them, then you tag and finally the release. What a fun way to spend a beautiful Sept. morning. 

 Here is one of our released Monarchs who would rather hang out than fly away. She stayed on the hat for almost 30 minutes and finally decided to start her long journey to Mexico.

I guess she doesn't want to migrate

Here is a close up of the tag on the butterflies hind wing. This was taken at shot of tagging we did at a school last year. As you can see the "tag" is a small sticker which contains a code number, an 800 number and information on how to call when the monarch is found.

adding a tag before letting them go

If you would us to come to "your" school and have your students participate in this activity let us know. We can provide the larvae ( a monarch caterpillar) and the necessary food, a common milkweed,which the students can raise and then watch the life cycle unfold in their classroom. A perfect illustration of metamorphosis right in front of them. When the adults hatch, they will tag it and release it and your class will be listed on Monarch Watch as a release site and the students can monitor the site and watch for the Monarchs progress. 

To participate call, this coming year,276-621-4511 or email