Tags and predators

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    Bron and Camryn
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    Just wondering if there are any predators that are likely to eat monarch butterflies and if so do the tags pose a problem being swallowed by them? (E.g. Birds, neighbor’s cat etc…)

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    Bron and Camryn
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    Ha ha. The tags are challenging enough to read without birds adding their “creativity” to them!

    I’ve noticed that our neighbour’s cat is pretty interested. She watches for when I put butterflies out and then stalks them. I guess they look like fun to play with. I’m not too worried about her swallowing tags. Wouldn’t put it past the neighbourhood Kingfisher to have a go though.

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    Jacqui
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    There are no larger predators – the largest I’ve heard of is the shining cuckoo. And I don’t think the tag would be a problem. A bit illegible no doubt after it’s passed through any predator’s gut…

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