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. The wings are still soft and haven’t completely dried. This wing formation reminds me of a very old formal Japanese robe. The butterfly has a drop of liquid, probably from inside the chrysalis, on its right antenna.