Creatures throughout the animal kingdom undergo the process of molting – the replacement of their horns, hair, skin or feathers. Insects and crustaceans molt to allow their growing bodies to expand beyond the constraints of their rigid exoskeleton, forming a new shell in the process and often eating the delicious old one to reclaim nutrients.

 

A Scorpion Molting

 

A Spider Molting

 

Cicada Molting

 

A Gorgeous Spider Molting

 

What’s even going on here?

 

Emergence.

 

Jon Secada Molting

 

A Spider Crab Molting

 

Just a Friendly Tarantula Molting

 

 

Indeed, why not?  Even Zoidberg molts.