Butterflies are one of the most beautiful of nature’s exquisite creations. Romy McCloskey, on the other hand, has a solid reason to treasure them more than others.
Romy’s mother passed away from cancer some years ago. Her mother, on the other side, comforted her before she died that her spirit would live on.
‘Romy, don’t worry,’ she said. Just know that whenever you see butterflies, it’s me checking in on you to let you know I’m fine and that I love you,’ Romy told The Dodo.
Rather than relying only on butterfly encounters, Romy has taken it upon herself to ensure that the world has more of them. Romy brings caterpillars inside whenever she discovers them in her garden so they may develop and metamorphose safely away from predators and other dangers.
She then releases them.
Romy has grown and released dozens of butterflies with great success. However, one just emerged from his cocoon in need of assistance.
On one side, the top and lower wings of this butterfly were torn. Even though he was generally healthy, his illness prevented him from flying or surviving on his own.
“I couldn’t bear put him down,” Romy explained. “I assumed I’d confine him to the house and feed him until he died.”
But then she had another thought.
Romy’s buddy learnt about the issue and provided her a tutorial on how to mend butterfly wings. She grabbed the necessary items: a towel, wire hanger, contact cement, toothpick, cotton swabs, scissors, tweezers, and talcum powder.
Romy had saved the body of another butterfly that had died. She’d make a transplant wing out of this.
Romy delicately cut away the injured part of his wings after gently placing her delicate patient between a loop in the wire hanger.
Though it may appear to be a painful operation, it is not. It’s similar to having a haircut when it comes to fixing damaged wings.
Romy then used contact cement to put parts from the transplant wing into place with as much care and accuracy as possible. After it was fastened, a few talcum sprinkles assured that any undesirable stickiness around the borders would be reduced as it dried.
The butterfly was practically as good as new after that.
The butterfly’s big moment arrived after a day of post-operative relaxation and a hefty supper of nectar given by Romy. He got to test his new wings for the first time outside.
“I was scared for him, but I supported him like a parent helping their child learning to ride a bicycle,” Romy explained. “Seeing him do his first circuit around the yard astounded and eased me.”
The butterfly then lands on a branch after that initial lap.
“I believed I’d have to take him back in when he arrived,” Romy said. “But, just as I was ready to grab for him, he took off and never looked back. I was in a great mood. And the word “joyous” doesn’t come close to describing it. I’m at a loss for words. Certainly, I ascended with him.”
Butterflies will always have a special place in Romy’s soul because of the comfort they provide, so it’s only right that she repays them. As a result, the world becomes a more lovely place.
“I tell them I love them and wish them luck on their trip with each one I release,” Romy said. “It’s quite remarkable to witness something develop and evolve right in front of your eyes.”