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pupate

(pyo͞o′pāt′)
intr.v. pu·pated, pu·pating, pu·pates
1. To become a pupa.
2. To go through a pupal stage.

pu·pa′tion n.

pupate

to proceed to the stage of pupa in an insect life cycle.
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Come the thaw in early spring, the "frozen" bear will rouse itself, find a sheltered place on which to spin a cocoon and pupate.
It continues feeding and growing to maturity when it burrows toward the surface and pupates.
The grub eventually pupates and may stay inside the fallen gall for a few years, although most emerge as adult insects early the next spring.
The infested fruit drops to the ground, where the fly pupates.
The sneaky caterpillar then pupates in the ant nest, finally emerging for a few brief days in the last stage of its remarkable life as a beautiful blue butterfly.