When Insects or Spiders Moult (Molt)
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Here's an interesting challenge for you. Show us examples of insects or spiders, (or other arthropods) in the act of moulting, OR their abandoned and cast-off exoskeletons, or outer skins. Macro and close-up shots welcome. If the insect or spider is in the act of moulting, it should be outside in its natural environment. MAXIMUM SIZE 1,600px.
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Saturday, 19th October, 2013 (GMT)
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The Oak Treehopper (Platycotis vittata) is a close relative to the cicada. Tight colonies of these fascinating little 'hoppers, both nymphs and adults, can usually be found in the autumn months on the branches of (..you guessed it) oak trees. When a solitary nymph wanders off away from the pack, it usually means that its time has come to transform into adulthood.
|Submitted:||Sunday, 27th October, 2013 10:46 (GMT)|
|Taken:||Wednesday, 10th October, 2012|
|Focal length:||105 mm|
|Shutter speed:||1/2 sec|
|Notes:||Photographed in the field, with a macro lens attached to a Nikon PB-4 Bellows. A 1/2 second exposure time was chosen to record background detail. (A second tripod had to be used to stabilize the oak limb.) Hand-held flash was activated manually during the half-second exposure.|
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