Katie VanBlaricum has a small business called Insect Art, where she sells hand-made jewelry. However, in her work, the artist doesn’t use pearls, or stones, instead, she applies dead insects to accessorize her jewelry.
One day, a local zoo reached out to her with the question, if she could repair a butterfly wing? Although she has never worked with live insects, she accepted the challenge.
“It takes me less than 5 minutes to do the repair,” the artist said in an interview with Bored Panda. “You have to work fast, to avoid stressing the butterfly out any more than necessary. 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. I asked him for advice, as well as consulting the internet.”
The procedure went by smoothly; the butterfly’s wing was repaired successfully and the surgeon received huge support on her Facebook page.