Tagging 2017

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    Some reminders for those people tagging this year.

    1. Promoting tagging – You might have seen on the Weather on TV1 (6pm-7pm) that they often profile photographs of NZ landscapes, nature etc. How about we bombard them with photos of tagged monarchs to raise the profile of this project.

    You don’t need a fancy camera, but do need high resolution photos (2MB+) AND they must be rectangular (not portrait) in orientation. By that they should be wider than they are taller, the same orientation as a TV screen.) And they are more likely to be used on TV if they’re colourful – so try and get the tagged butterfly on a colourful flower.

    Then you email the photo the same day, the earlier the better, to weather@tvnz.co.nz – give them your name (or name of school etc) and location.

    2. To delete last year’s tags:

    a. Go to the “Tag Butterfly” page


    b. Hold down the CTRL key on your keyboard and tap the minus key (next to the zero) so that you can read the [Submit] button at the bottom of the page.

    c. Mouse over the [Submit] button and click – this will remove the tag number in your dropdown menu. Continue to do so until the first tag for this current series shows up.

    PLEASE BE CAREFUL! The first time I did this I nearly deleted some of this season’s tags. Keep checking by using the down arrow next to the tag number, to see how many are left to be deleted.

    Oh! And when you’ve finished hold down the CTRL key on your keyboard and tap the plus key (next to the minus) so that your page returns to the usual size.

    3. PLEASE enter the tag details on your profile page as soon as possible after you tag the butterfly. If your butterfly flies “up the road” and someone reports it in, then everyone is disappointed because without your input, the map doesn’t draw and there’s no information about where and when the butterfly started its flight.

    4. Practice tags

    Those of you who have asked for practice tags will have received paper butterflies from a contest held a few years ago. This is how we suggest you use them:

    You will also need a toothpick per child and a small piece of Blu-tak.

    a. Children should work in pairs. Child 1 will be the branch holding the butterfly – fold the butterfly in half, wings to the outside, and put a piece of Blu-tak on its abdomen. Stick this to your finger so that the butterfly looks like it’s resting on a branch.

    b. Child 2, using the toothpick, should carefully remove the ‘first’ tag (remember the tags are individually numbered, and the first tag has the lowest number, e.g. ABC100). Oil from your skin could affect the glue on the tag, so put the tag onto the point of a toothpick. It is easiest if you curl the backing sheet over your finger. Also, the tag should sit on the very tip of the toothpick.

    c. Child 2, using a scissor-like motion, should take the butterfly by all four wings. This places the least amount of pressure on the butterfly. Then place the tag on the distal cell in the middle of the hindwing, and roll the toothpick away.

    d. Press lightly, make a note of your tag number if you haven’t already, and release the butterfly outside.

    e. Repeat, reversing the roles so that Child 1 gets a chance to tag a butterfly.

    Other questions may already be answered here – or post below to add to this discussion please.

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    Another note – if you report in one of your own tagged butterflies, please say you saw it at the neighbour’s place. No doubt it has visited several gardens in your neighbourhood and so this won’t skew the records at all – but it does mean that you can see it’s starting point and sighting point.



    Are you a school?

    If you’re a teacher tagging with your school, two points to remember:

    1. You need to put the name of your school in the address, as this is where the tags will be posted. Most schools do not have a street number. Time and time again, schools’ tags get returned because the address is:

    A Teacher
    Whatever Street
    Nametown 1234

    2. here is probably not a latitude and longitude for your school so use the nearest house’s address. If the nearest house is 23 Whatever Street, then put that in as the release site. For our data’s purposes, it is close enough.



    This year’s taggers to date come from:

    0173 RD, Whangarei
    0173 RD, Whangarei
    0176 RD, Whangarei
    0293 Kerikeri
    0603 Torbay, Auckland
    0604 Titirangi, Auckland
    0610 Te Atatu South, Auckland
    0614 Massey, Auckland
    0614 Massey, Auckland
    0618 West Harbour, Auckland
    0620 Milford, Auckland
    0626 Beach Haven, Auckland
    0627 Birkenhead, Auckland
    0630 Birkenhead, Auckland
    0630 Torbay, Auckland
    0632 Albany, Auckland
    0632 Albany, Auckland
    0632 Unsworth Heights, Auckland
    0800 Helensville, Auckland
    0841 Kumeu, Auckland
    0930 Whangaparaoa
    0932 Stamore Bay, Whangaparaoa
    0932 Stanmore Bay, Whangaparaoa
    1010 Freemans Bay, Auckland
    1022 Pt Chevalier, Auckland
    1024 Mt Eden, Auckland
    1025 Mt Albert, Auckland
    1041 Three Kings, Auckland
    1050 Remuera, Auckland
    1051 Epsom, Auckland
    1051 Ellerslie, Auckland
    1052 Otahuhu, Auckland
    1061 Royal Oak, Auckland
    1062 Mt Wellington, Auckland
    1071 Glendowie, Auckland
    1071 St Heliers, Auckland
    1074 Churchill Park School
    2014 Mellons Bay, Auckland
    2014 Manukau, Auckland
    2014 Howick, Auckland
    2014 Howick, Auckland
    2022 Mangere Bridge, Auckland
    2022 Mangere, Auckland
    2024 Mangere East, Auckland
    2025 Papatoetoe, Auckland
    2103 Manurewa, Auckland
    2105 Goodwood Heights, Auckland
    2112 Conifer Grove, Auckland
    3001 Matua, Tauranga
    3010 Glenholme, Rotorua
    3015 Tihiotonga, Rotorua
    3110 Pillans Point, Tauranga
    3110 Bethlehem, Tauranga
    3116 Arataki, Mt Maunganui
    3122 Opotiki, Eastern Bay of Plenty
    3127 Kawerau, Bay of Plenty
    3171 Tauranga
    3204 Frankton, Hamilton
    3210 Huntington, Hamilton
    3281 Puketaha, Hamilton
    3287 Hamilton
    3330 Tauhara, Taupo
    3411 Putaruru
    3800 Te Awamutu
    3883 Ohaupo
    3920 Taumarunui
    4010 Te Hapara, Gisborne
    4010 Whataupoko, Gisborne
    4112 Taradale, Napier
    4130 Havelock North, Hawkes Bay
    4172 RD, Hastings, Hawkes Bay
    4180 Hastings, Hawkes Bay
    4180 RD, Hastings
    4414 Roslyn, Palmerston North
    4672 Hawera, RD
    4702 Feilding, Manawatu
    5010 Lower Hutt
    5011 Avalon, Lower Hutt
    5011 Avalon, Lower Hutt
    5013 Eastbourne, Lower Hutt
    5013 Days Bay, Lower Hutt
    5014 Wainuiomata, Wellington
    5018 Ebdentown, Upper Hutt
    5032 Paraparaumu
    5036 Waikanae, Kapiti Coast
    5781 Rangitumau, Masterton
    6011 Wellington
    6011 Roseneath, Wellington
    6012 Wilton, Wellington
    6012 Wilton, Wellington
    6022 Seatoun, Wellington
    6037 Grenada, Wellington
    6037 Churton Park, Wellington
    7010 Nelson
    7201 Blenheim
    7348 Hawarden, Canterbury
    7471 Rangiora
    7604 Prebbleton, Christchurch
    7777 RD, Ashburton
    7891 Westport
    7910 Timaru, South Canterbury
    8024 Somerfield, Christchurch
    8063 New Brighton
    8083 Prestons, Christchurch
    8083 Christchurch
    9430 Palmerston, Otago



    The more people who know that you’re tagging, the better. There will be more people on the lookout for your tagged butterflies. Here’s a letter that Chrissie Ward sent to the local newspaper last year – I am sure she won’t mind if you copy this or change it to suit yourself.

    Despite the problems that monarch butterflies have faced this summer, enthusiasts have been raising them inside. Now is the time for them to be tagged. I would like to ask people to keep a lookout for monarchs with a small white paper disk attached to the underside of one hindwing. Printed on the disk is a unique number together with the web address of the Moths and Butterflies of NZ Trust, http://www.mb.org.nz.

    tagging monarchs is an ongoing citizen science research project across the country. In their native North America these butterflies undertake a huge migration every year and we are trying to find out how far they travel here. The butterflies that emerge in autumn are the ones which overwinter, gathering in clusters on favoured trees, to return in spring and continue the life cycle. Tracking these overwintering butterflies gives valuable information about how far and in which direction they travel.

    If you come across a tagged butterfly, whether it is alive or dead, please report your finding either to the website or to MBNZT, PO Box 44100, Pt Chevalier, Auckland 1246. We would like to know its identification number and where and when you found it.

    Thanks Chrissie!

    Also, if anyone wants a copy of a press release, please email me, @monarch.org.nz">jacqui@monarch.org.nz and I will forward one to you. HERE are two really good photos which could accompany your letter or the press release. We suggest giving the media a link to the photo – and ask them to please acknowledge the photographer:

    Anna Barnett’s photo

    Cosima Ray’s photograph

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