How To Repair Butterfly Wings

How To Repair Butterfly Wings

How To Repair Butterfly Wings

How To Repair Butterfly Wings

This is probably the most rewarding DIY project we have posted to date! I would like to thank Romy McCloskey for letting us share this wonderful story. If this can help one butterfly fly again, this post is worth sharing with you all!

I would like to thank my dear friend, Patric B., for sharing a video with me about repairing butterfly wings, so that I could help my sweet little guy. Here are before and after photos, with a bit of explanation under each photo, on what I did to help him along in life 

I would like to add, this butterfly is 3 days old and was born with this injury that was sustained while pupating.

1/8/18 UPDATE: We had a successful flight! A quick spin around the backyard, then a little rest on on of the bushes… then… “like the down of a thistle “… off he flew! My heart soared with him, for sure!  1/8/18

1/9/18 THANK YOU!! I never thought my story would move people so much! 😊 for those who don’t know me, I am a professional costume designer and master embroiderer, by trade.

I fell into raising and releasing butterflies by accident, really, after finding 2 or 3 caterpillars on a bush on a Milkweed plant in my yard, this October.

I had no idea what to do, other than to keep them in a glass tank and feed them, and wait. Little did I know there was much more involved. So, I read up on them,as much as I could, joined a great group and experienced many losses in addition to many, many more successes.

When this little guy presented himself to me with such a torn and damaged set of wings, I posted about it on my personal FB page. I was, needless to say, heartbroken at the thought of having to put him down. Then a friend sent me a video on repairing wings. I figured, since I do so much designing, cutting and putting together of costumes… I could give this a go. And I’m really glad I did!

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 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 Ophryocystis elektroscirrha (OE) or Tachinid fly (T-fly) larva MUST be euthanized to stop any further contamination in the Monarch population. It would be extremely irresponsible to do this to a sick butterfly.

Thank you again for sharing this slice of my life with others. It really has been a great surprise!

Romy xo 🐛❤️🦋❤️🦋❤️🦋❤️🦋❤️”

P.S.for those who want to see more of my butterflies I do have a public album of the many I have raised this year.

And for those interested in my other handy work ( my day job), you can visit my FB page to see more:

How To Repair Butterfly Wings

The patient.

The patient.

The operating room.

Securing the little guy down.

Ta-da! He’s finished!

Flight day!!!!

A quick rest, and then he was off!

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