cricketInstars are the stages between successive molts of some arthropod species. The word is from the Latin and means likeness or form. Because arthropods are covered in a hard shell, the exoskeleton, they must shed this to grow larger. Ecdysis is the scientific term for this shedding. That cigar-chomping wag H.L. Mencken coined the term ecdysiast for striptease artiste, specifically Gypsy Rose Lee. Anyway, this seems to be an instar of a cricket. It was on the pillow. Talk about those come-hither eyes!

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