A woman named Romy McCloskey keeps butterflies near and dear to her heart. This is because before her mother passed away from cancer years ago, her mom told her that she’d be with her forever. Romy knows that when butterflies come around, it’s her mom coming to check in on her and letting her know that her mom is doing okay.
This is when Romy was inspired and moved by her mother’s words and decided to take caterpillars in from the outdoors and take care of them until they turned into butterflies. However, one of them had some trouble during the transformation process and came out with a broken wing. But Romy documented the entire repair process!
The patient. Sweet boy had a damaged upper and lower wings.
Romy decided to follow a guide she found online on how butterfly wings could be manually repaired. She grabbed her tools, consisting of a towel, scissors, tweezers, talc, contact cement, a toothpick, and the wings from an old butterfly who sadly did not get a chance at life (her wings).
First, she used a bent clothing hanger loop to steadily and harmlessly hold down the butterfly and keep it stable throughout the process.
Securing the little guy down with the bent hanger, as I cut away the damaged pieces. Don't worry, it doesn't hurt. It's like trimming hair or nails.
Next, she cut away the damaged area of the wings. This doesn’t hurt the butterfly in any way, shape, or form since it does not have nerve endings in the wings.
After removing the damaged wings, she attached the prosthetic wing (from the old butterfly) and the procedure was all finished!
Ta-da! He's finished! You can see that the black lines in is upper right wing don't match up 100%, and if you look at…
Romy posted a statement about the female butterfly she had lost a few days before that who lent her wing over to be used by this butterfly.
“I had lost a girl butterfly a few days ago. My heart broke because I thought she hadn’t gotten to fulfill her purpose in this world because she hadn’t gotten to fly outside. Funny how life shows you there’s a plan for everything~ She has given a wonderful gift of flight to this little guy and gotten her chance to fly outside too!” she said.
After Romy discovered that the wing was on, stable, and good to go, it was time to take off! The beautiful butterfly did not hold back as he took off into nature.
Romy is a costume designer and is very well-versed in embroidery, so the procedure was no big thing for her. We know her mother would be very proud.
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