Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Stick Insect Leg Generation, Part 2

In an earlier post, I described my observations of the development of regenerated legs in the stick insects. Then I sort of "lost" that particular stick insect in my garden. (That happens too many times!) But last week, I found her again. She had not shed her skin since that last photo. But a few days indoors, and she shed. Her new leg is now almost full size.

The shed-skin.

Close-up of the curled up embryonic leg (skin)

Head-on view of the stick-insect after shedding. The new leg is its rear-left leg, appearing in the upper right of the photo.
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