BY: Santo

Have you ever come across Monarch Butterflies? Monarch butterflies can live from two weeks to about 5 months and this depends on the time they are born. Unfortunately, this Monarch butterfly’s life was at risk and was about to cut shorter than his actual lifespan because of an unexpected injury he had to face. It was Romy McCloskey who came to rescue this beautiful butterfly.  “I fell into raising butterflies by accident when I found 3 caterpillars on a bush in my front yard,” says McCloskey. Out of these three caterpillars, she found in her yard she noticed that one caterpillar among them was hurt and injured and decided to help this little creature. She successfully conducted a wing transplant to the little fellow using her household implements and helped the butterfly in expanding its lifespan.

As Romy McCloskey is a professional costume designer and master hand embroiderer it was easy for her to save the life of this butterfly by simply conducting a mini-surgery. Her supplies included a towel, a wire hanger, contact cement, a toothpick, a cotton swab, scissors, tweezers, talc powder, and an extra butterfly wing from one of her little girls that died a few days before. She says that there’s no need to drug the butterflies when performing such a procedure. “They do not have pain receptors” said Romy comparing the wings of the butterflies to human nails or hair.

This how Romy McCloskey was successful in the wing transplant. Check out these images.

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McCloskey’s patient was only 3 days old and he had born with torn upper and lower-wings.

A towel, a wire hanger, contact cement, a toothpick, cotton swab, scissors, pair of tweezers, talc powder, an extra butterfly wing was all that was needed for the surgery.

This is how the damaged parts were cut off without hurting the little fellow.

The new wing is fixed and now he is able to fly freely.

He is ready to fly after resting for a day.

He flew like he was never injured!

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