Encyclopedia of Entomology

2008 Edition
| Editors: John L. Capinera

Molt

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-6359-6_4663

To shed or cast off the outer body covering, a necessary prerequisite to grow and attain the adult stage. The period of molting is a vulnerable stage for insects, as they are susceptible to desiccation and easy prey for predators.

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