Julie Johnson was astonished as the proud guide pulled the tags from his wallet.
Two of the monarch butterflies she had hatched 1,786 miles away in Oakland, Nebraska, had made it to the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere in Michoacán, Mexico.
It made an intense horseback ride up the mountains to the World Heritage Site last spring worthwhile for her and husband Terry.
“He doesn’t like horses, but he did it anyway,” Julie says. “It was quite a ride.”
Julie, a grocery store owner in Oakland, has been raising and tagging butterflies for six years — 500 of them — since seeing it done on a visit to Hitchcock …