Encyclopedia of Entomology

2008 Edition
| Editors: John L. Capinera

Molting Fluid

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-6359-6_4664

An enzyme-rich fluid secreted into the apolysial space by the epidermal cells. The molting fluid consists of proteinases and chitinases that digest the endocuticle during molting. The molting fluid is reabsorbed through the epidermal cells shortly before ecdysis in many insects, though in some insects the new instar apparently swallows the old fluid.

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