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Biologist Tim Wong Repopulated A Rare Butterfly Species In His Backyard

The California Pipevine Swallowtail butterfly – an extremely rare and once-endangered species. Biologist Tim Wong took the butterfly species under his wing pun absolutely intended and vowed to do whatever he could to keep them from dying out. DIY style.

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Wong, who spends his days caring for and studying sea creatures at the California Academy of Sciences, built a greenhouse for the butterflies in his own backyard. He made sure it had all the perfect conditions for butterflies to grow – sunlight, temperature fluctuations, and airflow.

 

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Tim Wong is an aquatic biologist at the California Academy of Sciences and his days are filled with weird and wonderful animals.

 

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Using self-taught techniques, he created a butterfly paradise in his own backyard equipped with a large screen enclosure, the California pipevine, and so much more.

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The specialised enclosure offers protection for the butterflies and allows them to mate under outdoor environmental conditions — natural sun, airflow, and temp fluctuations.

It also gives some protection for predators, increasing mating opportunities, and even serves as a study environment for better understanding of the animals.