Woman Gives Butterfly A Wing Transplant To Help It Fly Again

Published 5 years ago

As beautiful as butterflies may look, they are incredibly tender and fragile creatures that should be handled with extreme caution. However, sometimes accidents happen and they might get injured – what do you then? Take them to a butterfly doctor? Well, we’re pretty sure butterfly doctors don’t exist but Katie VanBlaricum, the founder of Insect Art, is the closest person to one. In fact, after a deformed Monarch butterfly was born in a local zoo, they contacted Katie and asked for her help “repairing” the insect – and she did it with flying colors.

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Katie VanBlaricum, the founder of Insect Art, recently helped repair a Monarch butterfly’s wing

Katie shared the operation on Facebook where it was shared over 33k times in just a few days. In an interview with Bored Panda, the “butterfly doctor” said the operation wasn’t difficult since she works with dead insects for a living. She says it took her less than five minutes to do the repair since she didn’t want to stress out the butterfly.

“I have a friend who works at a butterfly conservatory, and I have seen his “Frankenstein” butterflies flying around there, so I knew it was possible,” said Katie. “I asked him for advice, as well as consulting the internet.”

She actually gave the deformed butterfly a wing transplant!

Image credits: Insect Art

The operation was successful and soon enough the butterfly was flying around collecting nectar

Image credits: Insect Art

The woman has been creating insect art for almost 14 years and says she has always been interested in insects and wildlife. “I did take some entomology classes in college, but my degree was in Anthropology. My favorite thing about insects is their diversity,” explained Katie. “Any shape or color or behavior you can dream up, there’s an insect for that! I am very much inspired by people like Steve Irwin whose passion it was to make the world love the underappreciated animals.”

Eventually, Katie released the butterfly

Image credits: Insect Art

Katie has been volunteering for a wildlife rehab for over ten years and is also a docent at a local zoo. She says that helping animals and people is a long term passion of hers.

Katie has been helping butterflies for several years now

Image credits: Insect Art

Image credits: Insect Art

Image credits: Insect Art

When not helping troubled butterflies, Katie creates amazing jewelry by rehydrating insects to make them look almost lifelike.

Here’s how Katie helped the butterfly

Image credits: Insect Art

Image credits: Insect Art

Image credits: Insect Art

See the full video below!

People loved the butterfly surgery

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One day, this guy just kind of figured - "I spend most of my time on the internet anyway, why not turn it into a profession?" - and he did! Now he not only gets to browse the latest cat videos and fresh memes every day but also shares them with people all over the world, making sure they stay up to date with everything that's trending on the web. Some things that always pique his interest are old technologies, literature and all sorts of odd vintage goodness. So if you find something that's too bizarre not to share, make sure to hit him up!

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