pupa


pu·pa

noun \ˈpyü-pə\

biology : an insect that is in the stage of development between larva and adult

plural pu·pae \-(ˌ)pē also -ˌpī\ or pupas

Full Definition of PUPA

:  an intermediate usually quiescent stage of a metamorphic insect (as a bee, moth, or beetle) that occurs between the larva and the imago, is usually enclosed in a cocoon or protective covering, and undergoes internal changes by which larval structures are replaced by those typical of the imago
pu·pal \ˈpyü-pəl\ adjective

Origin of PUPA

New Latin, from Latin pupa doll
First Known Use: 1815

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pu·pa

noun \ˈpyü-pə\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural pu·pae \-(ˌ)pē, -ˌpī\ or pupas

Medical Definition of PUPA

: an intermediate usually quiescent stage of an insect that occurs between the larva and the imago in forms (as a bee, moth, or beetle) which undergo complete metamorphosis and that is characterized by internal changes by which larval structures are replaced by those typical of the imago
pu·pal \ˈpyü-pəl\ adjective

pupa

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Inactive, nonfeeding stage in the life of insects that undergo complete metamorphosis. In a protective covering (cocoon or chrysalis), the larva is transformed into an adult. During pupation, a process controlled by hormones, larval structures break down and adult structures form; wings appear for the first time. The adult emerges either by splitting the pupal skin and chewing its way out or by secreting a fluid that softens the cocoon.

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