Wordless Wednesday: Molting Hissing Cockroach

I was feeding the many live insects we are using to teach second graders science in Insect Discovery a few weeks ago and came across this:

molting roach

molting roach

He had JUST molted, leaving this enormous pasty white, squishy Madagascar hissing cockroach in the cage.  It was so awful looking I just had to get a photo – so I could remember it forever.  :)


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8 thoughts on “Wordless Wednesday: Molting Hissing Cockroach

  1. Moulting in arthropods has always fascinated me. I once saw a pale Periplenata americana beside it’s regularly-coloured moult when I was a kid. And I was so weirded out that I thought I saw the ghost of a now-dead-cockroach whose body lay still! :)

    • It occurs to me that it probably seems like I LOVE roaches because I’ve mentioned them several times in the last 5 or 6 posts. Roaches are, in fact, far from the top of my list of favorites too, but I’m working with a lot of them this semester so they keep coming up!

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