Tomorrow is the statistical peak of the monarch season, but we have tagged very few. It’s shaping up the be a bad year, maybe the worst. Last year we used all 100 tags in our possession. This year I bought 200, but we’ll be lucky to use 25. I have 4 caterpillars in my office. I gave a little monarch presentation at a grade school. They had just hatched out two butterflies that I was able to tag.
It has turned much cooler here, and I am grateful. Fortunately, there are a few insects remaining about. The last image in the slide show below is a female Carolina mantis eating another female. I found them outside my front door on a milkweed plant. It was dusk and I had little time. The on-camera flash did the trick.
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