Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsZoology · 1 decade ago

Insect molting/ecdysis?

What body part not shed during insect ecdysis?

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  • RoyW
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago
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    Insect ecdysis is the shedding of the hard, chitin 'skin' of an insect to allow growth to take place. A new exoskeleton will already have formed underneath, but because this is soft at first the insect will be able to enlarge it before it hardens.

    This means that ALL of the external exoskeleton is shed, but none of the internal body parts (organs etc.).

    An example can be seen by scrolling down to the emergence sequence on this dragonfly page;

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