A population of Taeniopoda reticulata in the region of Boca del Drago on the island of Isla Colon in the Bocas Del Torro Archipelago of Panama: June 15 – July 31, 2004.
All observed molts occurred diurnally and took place at all times of the day, although most lubbers seemed to molt in the earlier part of the morning. Molting nymphs used their tarsi to secure themselves to a substrate before they began the process of splitting the old cuticle. The most common method was for the insect to secure itself onto the substrate and split the cuticle along the dorsal midline and push out; however, some insects would hang perpendicular from a substrate, using the inversion to aid the process. If insects performed inverted molts, a consequence was that they could fall to the ground once freed, and some insects appeared to bypass this outcome by angling themselves towards a substrate that was near enough to clasp once molting was completed. Once the hind limbs were freed from the old exoskeleton, the animal would usually grasp the substrate until the new cuticle hardened. Immediately after the last molt the new adults had a pinkish buff color with neon pink markings and brightly colored pink, purple, and yellow wings.
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