Woman Noticed A Butterfly With Broken Wing So She Operated It & The Next Day She Gets A Beautiful Surprise

Butterflies are beautiful creatures.

They are the literal definition of change and transformation. Maybe that is why many people like to tattoo a butterfly on their bodies. It represents change. However, butterflies mean a lot more to Romy McCloskey.

I fell into raising butterflies by accident when I found 3 caterpillars on a bush in my front yard. I have always had a love for butterflies. They have a very personal meaning to me.

Before my mother died, almost 20 years ago, she said to me, ‘Romy, whenever you see a butterfly, know that I’m there with you, and that I love you.’

Maybe that is why she wanted to save a little guy who had a broken wing. She is also a professional costume designer and master hand embroiderer. So this was right up her alley.

She used a wing from another butterfly that had died the other day to give this one a new life.

I feel it is important to note that the butterfly sustained his injury during pupating into his chrysalis. It was not a genetic defect or deformity due to the Ophryocystis elektroscirrha (OE) parasite that fatally infect Monarchs.

I did have a lot of people asking why I would ever introduce inferior or defective genes into the butterfly gene pool. I had to explain to many that I did not.

In fact, any caterpillars or butterflies that are infected with OE or Tachinid fly (T-fly) larva must be euthanized to stop any further contamination in the Monarch population.

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‘The patient: this 3-day-old little boy was born with torn upper and lower wings. Let’s see how we can help!’

‘The operating room and supplies: towel, wire hanger, contact cement, toothpick, cotton swab, scissors, tweezers, talc powder, extra butterfly wing.’

‘Securing the butterfly and cutting the damaged parts away. Don’t worry it doesn’t hurt them. It’s like cutting hair or trimming fingernails.’

‘Ta-da! With a little patience and a steady hand, I fit the new wings to my little guy.’

‘The black lines do not match completely and it is missing the black dot (male marking) on the lower right wing, but with luck, he will fly.’

‘With a quick lap around the yard and a little rest on a bush, he was off! A successful surgery and outcome! Bye, little buddy! Good luck’

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