Molt and Intermolt Activities in the Epidermal Cells of an Insect

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Science  23 Jul 1965:
Vol. 149, Issue 3682, pp. 437-438
DOI: 10.1126/science.149.3682.437


In the larva of the butterfly Calpodes ethlius, molt and intermolt syntheses by the epidermis are each preceded by a phase of RNA synthesis. Endocuticle deposition and the secretion of wax are not controlled only by the molting hormone when they take place during the intermolt period.