If you are lucky, you might be able to see a couple of Mission Blue Butterflies on Twin Peaks within the next week. Since they don’t seem to survive on Twin Peaks, they are being imported from San Bruno Mountain, about seven miles away. This photo was taken by Joe O’Connor on May 2nd at about noon. The so-called “restored butterfly habitat” — which requires a dousing in toxic herbicides every four months to be maintained as a butterfly habitat — has not produced a continuing stable Mission Blue Butterfly population since it was begun many years ago. Every year, more pregnant butterflies are captured from San Bruno Mountain, and imported — few, if any, that we know of have ever survived to produce offspring the following year.
One is prompted to ask: How “natural” is something when you have to go to other places to import “natives” that then do not survive, leading you to import more. . . ad infinitum?”