Pre-molt and post-molt red knee tarantula (Brachypelma smithi) images
March 13, 2012 by allthingsbiological
As the spring molts comes to an end, the larger of the red knee tarantula juveniles is clearly in pre-molt, as evidenced by a continued lack of interest in food, reduced activity, and shiny, bare, blackened abdomen. Click image to enlarge.
The smaller sibling, who molted last week and will remain slightly larger until its sibling molts, shows greater darkening and marking contrast, as well as the full complement of reddish utricating, abdominal hairs that are used defensively by this species. Click image to enlarge. This individual's molt sequence can be accessed by clicking here.