The summer of 2014 was a turning point in my hobby of raising monarchs. I began tagging them. I had never done this before and it took some gentle maneuvering to figure out how to best handle the monarchs. Before, I would just hang them on my finger. I had never touched their wings. I got the hang of it quickly and was able to tag and release 30 monarchs. There were 15 males and 15 females. Since then, I have tagged and released up to 200 monarchs during the summer. Most of my favorite pictures are below. I named every monarch after my Facebook followers or one of their family members. It was GREAT FUN for everyone!

Monarch Nathan

Monarch Nathan

Tag TGA995. Released August 30, 2014.

Monarch Michele

Monarch Michele

This was the first monarch of the season to be tagged. Her name was Michele. Her tag number was TGA975. She was released on August 21, 2014.

Monarch Liz

Monarch Liz

Monarch Liz's tag number was TGA976. She was released on August 25, 2014.

Verla Monarch

Verla Monarch

Tag number TGA979. Released August 26, 2014.

Monarch Paul

Monarch Paul

Tag TGA980. Released August 28, 2014.

Monarch Kate

Monarch Kate

Tag TGA981. Released August 28, 2014.

Beth Butterfly

Beth Butterfly

Tag TGA982. Released August 28, 2014.

Monarch Evan

Monarch Evan

Tag TGA983. Released August 29, 2014.

Monarch Shirley

Monarch Shirley

Tag TGA984. Released August 29, 2014.

Monarch Will

Monarch Will

Tag TGA985. Released August 29, 2014.

Sandy Monarch

Sandy Monarch

Tag TGA986. Released August 29, 2014.

Monarch Whalen

Monarch Whalen

Tag TGA987. Released August 29, 2014.

Monarch Weston

Monarch Weston

Tag TGA988. Released August 29, 2014.

Lady Laurel

Lady Laurel

Tag TGA989. Released August 29, 2014.

Monarch Griffin

Monarch Griffin

Tag TGA990. Released August 29, 2014.

Monarch Rick

Monarch Rick

Tag TGA991. Released August 29, 2014.

Little Man Monarch

Little Man Monarch

Tag TGA992. Released August 30, 2014.

Lady Anne

Lady Anne

Tag TGA993. Released August 30, 2014.

Trevor Monarch

Trevor Monarch

Tag TGA994. Released August 30, 2014.

Lady Taera

Lady Taera

Tag TGA996. Released August 30, 2014.