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.”
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