Peculiar Behavior of the Beetle Toramus Larvae, Carrying Their Exuviae

June 05, 2020 | Biology

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When studying the larval morphology of Toramini (Coleoptera: Erotylidae) we found that larvae of the genus Toramus attach their exuviae to their distal abdomen, with each exuvia from the preceding instar attached to the next to form a vertical pile. Exuvial attachment is facilitated by modified hook-like setae with flattened shafts inserted into the exuvia of the previous instar. We discuss the possibility that the exuvial attachment serves as a kind of... Want to read more? Find the full article in the Phys.Org Blog.

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