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 California pipevine swallowtail butterfly was disappearing
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.
Until biologist Tim Wong decided to repopulate it in his back yard
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 hes not stopping yet!
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