One of my little Erinnyis obscura moths emerged from its cocoon today. I couldn't tend to it because I had to leave the house for the morning today and didn't want to release it yet before I could photograph the moth and the upperside of its lower wings in particular. I will take photos tomorrow.
Is there a way for me to slow down its metabolism (if that's what it is called in Lepidoptera) tomorrow morning so I can manipulate the lower wings in order to photograph them? They are the most colorful part of the moth (orange). I think I remember someone saying once that you could refrigerate them for a short time and then it will be more malleable so that I can get images of it. If so, for how long? I don't want to hurt it.
It is nocturnal, which means it will be less active during the daytime hours, but I have released several nocturnals that are quite active in their efforts to quickly escape to a perceived "safer" resting spot.