Friday, January 12, 2018

Isang Paru-Paro ang Sumailalim sa Wing Surgery, Successful kaya ang Operasyon? Alamin dito!

The monarch butterfly or simply monarch (Danaus plexippus) is a milkweed butterfly (subfamily Danainae) in the family Nymphalidae. Other common names depending on region include milkweed, common tiger, wanderer, and black veined brown.

It may be the most familiar North American butterfly and is considered an iconic pollinator species. Its wings feature an easily recognizable black, orange, and white pattern, with a wingspan of 8.9–10.2 cm ( 3 1⁄2–4 in). The viceroy butterfly is similar in color and pattern, but is markedly smaller and has an extra black stripe across each hindwing.

Monarch butterflies can only live from 2 weeks to about 5 months, but mostly this guy's time was threatened to be cut even shorter. Recently a guy named Romy McCloskey committed to raising these creatures some time ago and after this past few weeks, one of them came into this world with a wing defect. McCloskey knew something had to be done. She turned her home into an operating room and mobilize household equipment to perform a wing transplant.

“I am a professional costume designer and master hand embroiderer,” she said. “This was right up my alley.” Romy McCloskey is a professional costume designer and master hand embroiderer, so this was right up her alley. Her provisions incorporated a towel, a wire holder, contact bond, a toothpick, a cotton swab, scissors, tweezers, powder, and an additional butterfly wing from one of her daughters that kicked the bucket a couple of days prior.

According to McCloskey, there’s no need to drug the butterflies when performing such a procedure. She compared their wings to human nails or hair: “They do not have pain receptors.” “[P.S.] 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 Ophryocystis elektroscirrha (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 OE or Tachinid fly (T-fly) larva must be euthanized to stop any further contamination in the Monarch population.”

Check down below to check out how the surgery went!

“The patient: this 3-day-old little boy was born with torn upper and lower wings. Let’s see how we can help!”

“The operating room and supplies: towel, wire hanger, contact cement, toothpick, cotton swab, scissors, tweezers, talc powder, extra butterfly wing”

“Securing the butterfly and cutting the damaged parts away. Don’t worry it doesn’t hurt them. It’s like cutting hair or trimming fingernails”

“Ta-da! With a little patience and a steady hand, I fit the new wings to my little guy” “The black lines do not match completely and it is missing the black dot (male marking) on the lower right wing, but with luck, he will fly”

“The black lines do not match completely and it is missing the black dot (male marking) on the lower right wing, but with luck, he will fly”

“FLIGHT DAY! After a day of rest and filling his belly with homemade nectar, it is time to see if he will fly”

“With a quick lap around the yard and a little rest on a bush, he was off! A successful surgery and outcome! Bye, little buddy! Good luck”

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