If you have a dried specimen, and wish to unfold
it, in my opinion, the best and easiest way of doing
it is by placing the specimen into a container with
moist paper towel on the bottom. Keep the specimen
there for 24 hours. This allows the humidity to
soften all of the muscles in the insect, but yet
not damaging any of its colors.
The most important tool is the Spreading Board.
Though it is possible to use a home made spreading
board made from styrophome, these are much more
convenient and can be adjusted accordingly to the
width of the insect's body.
Ones the insect have being soften up, in this case
it have being left in a jar with moist paper towel
to relax its muscles, gently squeeze on the sides
of the thorax. This will make the wings to separate
from each other, thus allowing to insert a wax paper
in between for further unfolding. It is best to
use Wax Paper, as it is very smooth on both sides,
thus reducing friction and minimizing the chances
of rubbing off the wing powder. Wax Paper can be
found in any Craft Store.
Pin one of the sides down onto the spreading board,
so that you can work on properly positioning the
opposite wings. As a general rule, the bottom of
the top wing should be 90 degrees to the body of
Ones one side is done, redo the other side to have
matching sides. Drying will take no more then 24
hours, unless its a recently wild caught insect,
which can take up to 3 days to dry properly. As
with most moths, it is best to store them in dark
places, other wise in time light will fade out their
24 hours later, I took the wax paper off and here
is the result :)!