Jazzy Leaf Wing

close up of a brown butterfly with purple flowers

At Reiman Gardens, even the butterflies have a little sparkle this holiday season! The Jazzy Leaf Wing (Hypna clytemnestra) is a Central and South American species that, when resting, looks very much like a dried-up leaf hanging on a plant. But look closer and you’ll see some flair as well, with mirror-like silver spots that reflect light and surrounding colors.

By Nathan Brockman, Christina Reiman Butterfly Wing Curator