Guy In San Francisco Repopulated Endangered Butterfly Species In His Backyard

Guy In San Francisco Repopulated Endangered Butterfly Species In His Backyard

Tim Wong might work as an aquatic biologist during the daytime, but when he's back on terra firma, he turns to other wildlife: raising endangered butterfly species in his backyard.


Studying butterflies had been Wong’s childhood hobby, so creating a backyard conservation area was not a life-changing metamorphosis for him. However, it certainly for the benefit of the butterflies, which had vanished from the San Francisco skyline.


When he first learned of the predicament of the pipevine swallowtail, the 28-year-old swooped in to help, by creating a screened backyard enclosure with ideal environmental conditions for the insect.


He filled it with specific plants on which the insects like to feed. Then, he gathered a group of twenty different pipevine swallowtail caterpillars from nearby regions. As the DIY butterfly breeder carefully nursed the precious insects' small tribe, their numbers started multiplying quickly.


Now, some years later, Wong brings dozens of caterpillars to the San Francisco Botanical Garden’s “California Native” exhibit every week. Thanks to Wong’s efforts, the pipevine swallowtail has been successfully repopulated in the city for the first time in decades.


Although the pipevine swallowtail is not technically endangered, the breathtaking species rapidly started to disappear from different areas around California as the state was becoming more and more developed. Since the species had entirely vanished from San Francisco, Wong collected his original group of caterpillars from private residents who lived in more vegetative areas.


Even though backyard conservation isn’t Wong's professional forte, he has claimed—as well as earned— the lofty mantle of “Butterfly Whisperer” on social media.


Reference: Good News Network

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