One Man Single-Handedly Repopulates Rare Butterfly Species In His Own Backyard



The California pipevine swallowtail butterfly was once a species close to extinction. Now, thanks to California Academy of Sciences aquatic biologist, Tim Wong, the butterfly species is repopulated again.
The biologist built a greenhouse for the butterflies in his own backyard. It had all the perfect conditions for butterflies to grow – sunlight, temperature fluctuations, and an occasional nice breeze. He also learned that the butterflies only feed on one plant – the California pipevine, which was pretty hard to track down. After a while, Wong found the plant in a botanical garden, which allowed him to take a few clippings of the plant. Once his butterfly paradise was built, Wong transported 20 caterpillars to it and let them grow. Now, around 3 years later, his butterfly home is thriving, and he’s not stopping yet!
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The California pipevine swallowtail butterfly was disappearing
 Until biologist Tim Wong decided to repopulate it in his back yard
 The butterflies only feed on one plant – the California pipevine, so Wong transplanted it into his yard
 He built a greenhouse that had all the perfect conditions for butterflies to grow
 Then brought in 20 caterpillars
 And they began their long process of maturation
 Where a caterpillar forms a chrysalis, until it finally turns into a butterfly
 Now, 3 years later, Wong’s butterfly home is thriving and San Francisco is seeing more of these butterflies every day
 “Each year since 2012, we’ve seen more butterflies surviving in the garden, flying around, laying eggs, successfully pupating, and emerge the following year,” said Wong
 “That’s a good sign that our efforts are working!”





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