Monarch wing transplant

Mother sent us an article the other day on a woman who’d given a monarch butterfly a wing transplant – a potentially upsetting article given our experiences with a poor unfortunate butterfly at their place last summer.

Helping failed hatch Helping failed hatch

Apparently this woman had saved a dead butterfly in a flower arrangement last year and when a recently hatched butterfly had trouble getting it’s wings to unfurl, she cut off the dead butterfly’s wings and stapled them onto the crumpled fella’s stumps. Ouch! Although I guess wings might be like hair and you can’t actually feel that stuff. According to the article the butterfly had survived a couple of weeks at the time of publishing the article so I don’t know the eventual outcome.

It’s in the latest NZ Gardener magazine if anyone wants to hunt it down!


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