Archive for the 'Orthoptera' Category

Ecdysis

March 27, 2010

We bought our little boy a small terrarium today, so I decided to pop out and have a poke around in the long grass that was once our lawn, to see if I could find a grass mantid or phasimid to live in it for a few days. Instead, I found this hedge grasshopper in the final stages of a nymphal moult. I ran in to get the camera but by the time I had put some fresh batteries in the flash, the little guy had already pushed around half way through his old cuticle.

The images you see here were taken over the course of about 5 minutes, so once the ball is rolling the process is actually quite quick. This was all very exciting for me, as I have only ever seen an insect molting in a lab.