molt

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These are recently taken photos of one of our backyard lavender plants.  It was only by luck that we noticed the strange phenomena known as molting, whereby some insects shed their exoskeletons.  Grasshopper nymphs do this 5 to 6 times before reaching adulthood, after which they die in about 2 months.  This fellow will probably enjoy one of my purposely-unprotected Asian bok choy plants, which I leave for the butterflies (and their larva) to enjoy.  Since this writing, a second grasshopper has been discovered already emerged from her exoskeleton.

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