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CHESTERCOUNTY-LIFE.COM MarchApril 2016 89 golden bumps enhance the top in its final days it becomes delicately transparent. After approximately five to 15 days the butterfly is ready to emerge. Its wings are very wet and it cannot yet fly. It pumps flu- ids from its abdomen through wing veins causing expansion to full size. After it is dry the baby exercises flight muscles and soars in splendor. The metamorphosis is like giv- ing birth only a lot easier suggests Barbara with a laugh. It makes us proud to be part of it. Tagging is the next step for the Mennigs. Alans task is to attach a miniscule label to the monarch. Barbara records the informa- tion which includes the tag number sex of the butterfly release date tagging loca- tion and either a wild or reared designa- tion. This data is sent to MonarchWatch. org and butterflies are released. We may release one a day two a day or a dozen but not all at once points out Alan. We raised and tagged 185 monarchs in 2015 a record for us. This news is positive because of the re- cent history of monarch migration. Alan clarifies Going back to 2012 and 2013 the number of monarchs in Mexico ready to migrate north declined by approximately 90 percent. It hadbeen steadilydecreas- ing but those years were an astronomical drop. Its believed a good portion of the problem stems from lack of milkweed. Ag- ricultural engineers have successfully bred crops to be resistant to herbicides. Farmers thus spray fields without fear of disturbing their harvest. The weed deterrent kills milk- weed that normally grows between rows of plantings. No milkweed no place for mon- archs to lay their eggs and hence no but- terflies. Alan is pleased to report that farmers scientists and politicians are becoming aware of the dilemma and pursuing ad- ditional plans to increase the number of monarchs. According to several online news sites a national strategy was introduced last year to increase the monarch popula- tion as well as to mitigate honeybee loss and restore bee and butterfly habitats. The program establishes a butterfly migration corridor or flyway from Mexico to Canada. The U.S. Department of Transportation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will be re- sponsible for rehabilitating butterfly habi- tats along I-35. The dual goal is to protect monarchs from extinction and save crops. After all remarks Alan butterflies are among the top pollinators. The Mennigs share their butterfly-friend- ly plantings with many White Horse Village residents and staff members. They also de- liver butterfly presentations in the commu- nitys auditorium and invite residents to par- ticipate in tagging and releasing monarchs. To further help monarchs flourish the Men- nigs encourage people to plant milkweed in their gardens. It looks lovely and the result is even greater more butterflies concludes Alan. CCL White Horse Village 535 Gradyville Rd. Newtown Square PA 19073 610.558.5000 WhiteHorseVillage.org Tyler Arboretum 515 Painter Rd. Media PA 19063 610.566.9134 TylerArboretum.org Auto Homes Vacation Homes Boat Art Jewelry and Antique Collections Equine Business Liability Cyber Liability Those who require more choose MAGIS Insurance Group for insurance and risk management consultation. SPRING HAS SPRUNG. Will your insurance cover the damage Consult Rick Davis to review your insurance program at rdavismagisinsurance.com 531 E. Lancaster Ave. Wayne PA 484.588.2711 MAGIS mah-gis Latin word meaning MORE. Our name embodies our business philosophy. www.magisinsurance.com