Butterfly monitoring

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    ssheikh18
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    Hello,

    I am an MSc student and for my research project I am assessing global butterfly population trends and so I am trying to look for time series population data for butterflies but I have been unable to find any for NZ. I was wondering if anyone runs or is aware of anyone running a long-term butterfly monitoring scheme in NZ.

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    Jacqui
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    jacqui@monarch.org.nz

    Apologies, I should have said that before.

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    ssheikh18
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    Hi Jacqui,

    Thank you for responding. May have your email address please so I can email you?

    Thank you so much!

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    Jacqui
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    Hello S Sheikh – sorry I didn’t notice your post, apologies.

    We have been tagging monarch butterflies for something like 13 years in New Zealand. If you’re not from NZ you may not be aware that we don’t have a huge range of species here.

    Send me an email and I’ll provide more information about the data we have captured to date:

    14444 Monarch Butterfly sightings
    1028 pest sightings
    352 transect samples
    Tagging Results

    Tagging for each year’s season begins about 1 March with a new series of tags.

    Year 2005: 49 releases / 0 recoveries
    Year 2006: 64 releases / 5 recoveries
    Year 2007: 5684 releases / 198 recoveries
    Year 2008: 6883 releases / 138 recoveries
    Year 2009: 5489 releases / 130 recoveries
    Year 2010: 10137 releases / 240 recoveries
    Year 2011: 8396 releases / 137 recoveries
    Year 2012: 8773 releases / 197 recoveries
    Year 2013: 8797 releases / 513 recoveries
    Year 2014: 6204 releases / 652 recoveries
    Year 2015: 10362 releases / 926 recoveries
    Year 2016: 10916 releases / 939 recoveries
    Year 2017: 9083 releases / 704 recoveries
    Year 2018: 6731 releases / 1178 recoveries
    Year 2019: 9714 releases / 1395 recoveries

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