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Monarch Butterfly With Broken Wing Had Surgery Done

A Monarch butterfly emerged from its cocoon with a wing defect. Luckily the butterfly had Romy McCloskey to operate and repair the defective wing. Butterflies on average live from two weeks to five months, although this butterfly’s lifespan would be cut short if the wing was not operated on immediately. McCloskey took action to begin a wing transplant for this poor butterfly down on its luck. She utilized materials she had laying around her home to perform the operation.

McCloskey is a professional costume designer and master hand embroiderer, so performing the operation on the butterfly is something that is right up her alley she states. The supplies she used for the operation were as followed contact cement, a wire hanger, a toothpick, a cotton swab, a towel, scissors, tweezers, and talc powder. The replacement wing that is used in the operation came from another Monarch butterfly that passed away a few days before.

McCloskey states that butterflies do not need to be drugged to perform an operation on their wings. “They do not have pain receptors.”

Scroll down to view the photos of the operation!

This three-day-old butterfly emerged from its cocoon with torn upper and lower wings.

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“The operating room and supplies: towel, wire hanger, contact cement, toothpick, cotton swab, scissors, tweezers, talc powder, transplant butterfly wing” – McCloskey

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“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” – McCloskey

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“Ta-da! With a little patience and a steady hand, I fit the new wings to my little guy” – McCloskey

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“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” – McCloskey

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“FLIGHT DAY! After a day of rest and filling his belly with homemade nectar, it is time to see if he will fly” – McCloskey

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“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” – McCloskey

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