Caterpillars are on the move at the San Francisco Botanical Garden. Visitors are warned to proceed with caution as 100’s of small caterpillars feast on their only food, the California Pipevine. California Pipevine Swallowtail Butterflies are endemic to northern California and are very rare. The Botanical Garden pulls out the cones and warning signs to protect the species while they are in the caterpillar phase. These small but mighty black and orange caterpillars are racing to eat as much Pipevine as possible to help them transition to beautiful black and blue butterflies.
Stopping to watch these voracious animals is a lesson in appreciating small but mighty. When you look around what do you notice as small and mighty?