Out with the Old and In with the New

Bee exoskeleton on rosemary - photo by Tucson photographer Martha Lochert.

Bee exoskeleton on a rosemary plant – photo by Tucson photographer Martha Lochert.

 

Bees and other insects like cicadas have their skeletons on the outside of their bodies (exoskeleton). So when they are ready to grow, they molt. The process begins with them taking on air, water or raising their blood pressure.

http://www.insectidentification.org/process-of-molting.asp

Once the shell is detached from the muscles and internal organs, the insect can climb out – with a new exoskeleton ready to protect its internal organs.

 

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