please help us...HERE I COME!

Kathy Reinertsen bfly4u at
Wed Apr 10 20:39:38 EDT 2002

Your picture of the IBBA tag is considerably larger than the actual tag.

Our tag is the same size as Monarch Watch current tag.
Ed Reinertsen

Paul Cherubini wrote:

> Jere Kahanpää wrote:
> > Come on, trucking butterflies around and releasing them
> > has nothing in common with being 'pro-collecting' or
> > 'anti-collecting'!
> > Personally I am for careful sampling of populations for study
> > and teaching, but would strongly oppose this kind of
> > operationg *if it is only for the show*. But this case it
> > isn't: tagging monarchs is (IIRC) a real scientific research
> > project, isn't it?
> You say you are strongly opposed to collecting and trucking
> butterflies around for release if it is only for show. Do you also
> oppose those who breed and release monarch butterflies for show?
> Or would it be OK if the breeders also tagged the butterflies
> for scientific research?  Here is a picture of the new International
> Butterfly Breeders Association (IBBA) tag that will be placed on
> monarch butterflies released at weddings and funerals.
> Bob Pyle, author and cofounder of the Xerces Society, has
> already expressed how he feels about tagging wedding butterflies:
> "All these people who breed butterflies, their mission statements
> are so full of biological crap. It's a smokescreen for profit,"
> Pyle says.
> Paul Cherubini
> Placerville, Calif.
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