Saturday, October 8, 2016

It's Happened!

Hey Guys!
My sub-adult female A.tesselata has finaly molted to adulthood!
Here's some pics of it molting!
Female A.tesselata molting to adulthood

Female A.tesselata molting to adulthood compared to my hand
It has already came out, and it's wings have fully expanded, it now just needs to dry and gain it's pigmentation. I'll be posting more pics on this post after it has dried!
Update: It's wings have dried and formed perfectly, which is great.
Here are some pics of it a couple hours after the molt and then another couple hours after that.


Adult female A.tesselata a couple hours after molt


Handling adult female A.tesselata a couple hours after molt

Adult female A.tesselata a couple hours after previous pictures



Handling adult female A.tesselata a couple hours after previous pictures
She's a big beauty isn't she! Really glad she turned out perfect! I currently have about three more sub-adults that should be molting to adulthood by the end of the year, so there should be some breeding starting soon after that.
Hope you guy liked the photos, I certainly enjoyed taking them! I'll be adding one more photo to this post tomorrow when she has her full coloration.
Last photo: Sorry guys, I said I'd add the last picture a couple days ago, but I was busy and didn't end up getting around to.
But anyway here is that picture!
Adult female A.tesselata
 I was hoping that it would have turned out with some more orange coloration and peppering, but it still looks pretty cool with the more pale look and almost solid black coloration on the center of the wings. She's a pretty odd looking adult, but this species has a good amount of variation in the adult coloration and wing patterning. Finally done with this long post!
Hope you guys enjoyed and goodbye!


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