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  • Molting, ecdysis. Praying Mantis Info

     Time lapse video of molt. Sorry for the shaky quality

    These mantids grow by shedding their outer skeleton (exoskeleton). This process is called ecdysis or molting. To molt successfully they need to hang uninterrupted beneath a leaf or branch. This can take 30 mins to half several hours. Maturity has been reached once the mantids have developed wings. Females can be identified as they get larger; males have 7 segments in the abdomen, and females
    have 6.