Water Stick Insect, larva
Ranatra linearis
Water Stick Insect larva during last molt

A Water Stick Insect is freeing itself of its last larval skin. The new skin is still soft and transparent. The wings are conspicuous. The bug is weak and soft, during the following hours the new armour gets gradually harder.

vervellende Water Stick Insect, kop moulting Water Stick Insect, wings
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