Honey bee larvae are fed a nutritious substance called royal jelly secreted by the brood-food glands. And midgut are shut off from the intestine until a larva is nearly mature. All castes of honey bees molt about every 24 hours during the first 4 days of larval life. The new exoskeleton will eventually harden and retain the original coloring of the insect as it matures and is exposed to the elements and everyday wear-and-tear. Depending on the species, molting can actually occur about 5 to 60 times in the life span of an insect and is generally regarded as one of the most vulnerable processes that an insect can go through. Honeybee larvae who are destined to grow into workers molt repeatedly. Inside, they will transform into adult bees and emerge when ready. Newly emerged drone bees are fed a combination of pollen, honey, and brood food from nurse bees until they are mature enough to feed themselves from the hive honey stores. One type of bee might mature swiftly whereas another takes a longer time to evolve. Almost all species of bee lay their eggs in protected locations. Social bees care for their eggs, whereas solitary bees do not. Solitary bees generally dye or leave before their offspring mature. When solitary bees do not leave before their offspring mature, but continue to feed and care for them, they are called subsocial bees. A colony is made up of 2 or more adult females, regardless of their social relationship. However, most arthropod species only molt before adulthood is reached and not afterward. King crabs are an example of an arthropod that still molts occasionally after reaching maturity. A painted turtles life cycle from egg to adult by karen mihaylo jupiterimages. Males reach maturity when theyre 2 to 5 years old females are mature at 4 to 8 years old. Males are smaller than females, with longer, thicker tails and longer front claws. Mature male tarantulas rarely molt once they reach adulthood, however they do need to molt because they need to shed when the exoskeleton gets darker. summer growth by molting in the summer, nephila spiders live on individual webs, capturing prey and growing by molting - shedding their skin - actually their external skeleton. Juvenile nephila are very small compared to mature females, and growing to maturity requires that they successfully pass through anywhere from 7 to 12 instars.