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Aquatic biologist Tim Wong of San Francisco has spent the last four years repopulating the city's rare California Pipevine Swallowtail butterfly population...in his backyard. Wong discovered that as a caterpillar, the California Pipevine Swallowtail only eats the California pipevine plant, which is very rare in San Francisco. So he gathered some plant clippings (with permission) from the San Francisco Botanical Garden to plant in his backyard. He then gathered a group of 20 different Pipevine Swallowtail caterpillars from nearby areas, nursing the small tribe of insects until their numbers began to quickly multiply. Four years later, thanks to Wong's efforts, the Pipevine Swallowtail has been successfully repopulated in the city for the first time in decades. Though butterfly conservation isn't his professional trade, Wong has claimed — and earned — the title of "Butterfly Whisperer" on Instagram.

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This. Is. All. Mother. Nature! People often ask if I alter or enhance the critters I use. I mean....thanks guys! I'm good, but I'm not *that* good! (Peacock Butterfly, backside of the same butterfly as previous post)

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