Romy McCloskey, a professional costume designer from Texas employed her skills to mend the broken wing of a Monarch butterfly and shared the results online.
McCloskey recently found a Monarch with a badly damaged wing, suffering the injury while in the pupating phase of its development. So she decided to save it with surgery.
McCloskey grabbed few utensils, including "a towel, scissors, tweezers, talc, contact cement, toothpick" before sending the patient to the "operating room".
McCloskey secures the Monarch with a bent wire hanger, cutting away the damaged pieces.
After applying the wing from a dead butterfly she had found the week before, McCloskey shows the Monarch almost as good as new.
"A quick spin around the backyard, then a little rest on one of the bushes… and then off he flew!" the designer said. "My heart soared with him, for sure!"
McCloskey said that she hopes the instructions will encourage others to help injured butterflies, but warns 'that you have a steady hand or you could cause more harm than good.