I absolutely love the days before a pitcher pops the lid and starts to open. You can really see how the lid is being forced into various shapes and angles because of the peristome development on the interior of the lid. As I've said before, I've noticed the Nepenthes with flared peristomes stretch the lid and make it more slender right before it opens; then, as is the case with this N. Black Dragon, the lid is large and flattens out after opening.
Anyone else enjoy this stage of pitcher development? I know a lot of people wait with baited breath for the opening; but I think we all need to stop and smell the roses, enjoying these limited days.