Tim Wong is an aquatic biologist by training, but over the past four years he has been on another scientific mission. Wong wants to try to repopulate San Francisco’s rare California pipevine swallowtail butterfly population.
The name gives away what the species is all about. It only lives in California, it has a wing pattern that looks like the long tail of a swallow, and the caterpillars of this species only eat the California pipevine plant.
Wong’s back yard has all of the ingredients for a butterfly garden, except for the plant. So, he called in a favor to a local botanical garden and he took some clippings of a pipevine home to his butterfly greenhouse.
Four years later, the California pipevine swallowtail population in his backyard is thriving! What started as 20 caterpillars has grown to more and more butterflies. The biologist reports every year, he sees more of these beautiful creatures return to his garden. This one-man crusade to help the butterflies seems to be working!
Way to go, Tim!
You can follow his butterfly adventures on Instagram.Source: Boredpanda | Instagram