The California Pipevine swallowtail butterfly was once a species close to extinction. Thanks to Tim Wong, a California Academy of sciences aquatic biologist who is repopulated the butterfly species again. The biologist built a greenhouse for the butterflies in his own backyard. It had all the perfect conditions for butterflies to grow like sunlight, temperature, fluctuations and an occasional nice breeze. He also learned that the butterflies only feed on one plant that is California pipevine, which was pretty hard to track down. Check out the Instagram page for more.
He learned about the California Pipevine swallowtail butterfly which had become increasingly rare
Tim Wong, the biologist made it a personal mission to bring the butterfly back
He researched and learned that when in caterpillar form, it only feeds on the California Pipevine, so he transplanted it into his backyard
Finally, he found this plant in the San Francisco Botanical Garden
Wong was able to source an initial group of 20 caterpillars from private residences
Once situated, the caterpillars began their long, down out process of maturation
After about 3-4 weeks, a caterpillar pupates and forms a chrysalis until it turns into a butterfly
After 3 years they emerge as adult butterflies, San Francisco is seeing more butterflies these days
Each year since 2012 we can see more butterflies surviving in the garden, laying eggs, and flying around, successful pupating and emerge the following year
It’s a good sign that his efforts are working
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