Wheelbug – fresh molt

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Sorry about the photography for this one – I wish I had some tubes or a macro lens for this kind of shot. However, I thought that some fans of assassin bugs here might be interested in the “happening”.

I was returning from the mailbox when I spotted a wheelbug nymph (Arilus cristatus) that looked a little odd – there was a bit of orange and a couple of legs protruding from the abdomen. By the time I retrieved a camera, the molt was nearly complete. In this shot, you can see the discarded shell toward the upper right corner. It took another 30-45 minutes for the typical banding of the antennae segments and general darkening of parts of the body to develop.

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Hi Bob,

that is not a black spider to the right? That's my first impression ...

Regards
Klaus

No, Klaus -- that's the bug's former exoskeleton. [count the legs and you'll see that it's not an arachnid:smile:] [Besides, I witnessed a good bit of the emergence.]

Bob,

Good catch and nice story.

Thanks, Tri
 

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