JFS61 wrote: Is there anyway to mend a butterfly's wing when torn close to the root
Depend on how close to the root. If torn within 1/8" to 1/4" of the root then there wouldn't be enough room to splice the tear with tape. I use 3M package strapping tape http://tinyurl.com/85hc6qg
as a splice (a roll is about $3.50 at Walmart). It's thin and lightweight yet strong and seems to be waterproof.