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In birds, moulting or molting is the routine shedding of old feathers. Also, the shedding of old skin in reptiles.


In arthropods, such as insects, arachnids and crustaceans, molting describes the shedding of the exoskeleton, typically to allow for further growth. See ecdysis.

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Moulting in Insects

Insects need to molt as they grow because their hard exoskeletons do not allow much room for expansion. Each stage in the development of an insect between moults is called an instar.


Moult (pro. MOOL) is a commune of the département of Calvados, in the Basse-Normandie région, in France. Its postal code is 14370. The INSEE code is 14456.


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Moult - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (551 words)
In birds, moulting or molting is the routine shedding of old feathers.
In arthropods, such as insects, arachnids and crustaceans, molting describes the shedding of the exoskeleton, typically to allow for further growth.
Insects need to molt as they grow because their hard exoskeletons do not allow much room for expansion.
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