A short documentary featuring a trip to the Mojave Desert's Granite Mountains in search of the Ford's Indra Swallowtail Butterfly (Papilio indra fordi). These delicate creatures survive in an incredibly hostile environment of bare rock, scant plantlife and low rainfall.
While the adult butterflies are rarely encountered, the eggs and caterpillars can sometimes be found by locating the host plants, Cymopterus panamintensis (Desert Parsley) at the right time of year. The music is "Brenda's Song", composed and performed by TECHNICIAN. Much more info on rearing the Ford's Swallowtail and many others is available, free ot the public, at JCMDI.COM