Spicebush Butterfly Stretching Wet Wings, Back View
During the wing expansion process, most butterflies repeatedly open and close their wings in order to dry them. This Spicebush butterfly opened its wings quite wide exposing the veining and spot patterns. At this stage, its wings are still soft and haven’t completely dried. This wing formation shape reminds me of a very old formal Japanese robe. The butterfly has a drop of chrysalis liquid on its right antenna.