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A master embroiderer employed her skills to mend the broken wing of a Monarch butterfly and shared the results online.
Costume designer Romy McCloskey, from Texas, who started caring for caterpillars this past autumn after finding a number in her backyard, said she wanted to upload instructions of the procedure so others could help the majestic insects.
McCloskey - Monarch - Wing - Injury - Phase
McCloskey said she recently found a three-day-old Monarch with a badly damaged wing, suffering the injury while in the pupating phase of its development, the final stage before an adult butterfly emerges from the chrysalis.
Most butterflies rely on wing symmetry to aid in their flight, and with a lifespan of just two-to-six weeks, this Monarch had little chance of survival.
Bug - McCloskey - Task - Video - Procedure
Determined to help the broken bug, McCloskey thought she was up to the task after watching an instructional video on the procedure.
'I figured, since I do so much designing, cutting, and putting together of costumes… I could...
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