2009 Insect Fair 12

2009 Insect Fair 12

Dozens of visitors to the Great Insect Fair gather around Marty Irwin, center, as she releases a monarch butterfly into the wild outside the Snider Agricultural Arena on Saturday, Oct. 3. On Saturday, Irwin, a Master Gardener from Erie County and affiliated with Penn State Cooperative Extension, released 50 such butterflies, which she raised from their caterpillar stage. She has affixed tiny numbered tags to the wings of each of her butterflies as part of the Monarch Watch program of the University of Kansas. The tags allow anyone who finds such an insect to enter their location data to a database at monarchwatch.org in order to help researchers' monarch conservation efforts.

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