complete metamorphosis


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com·plete met·a·mor·pho·sis

insect development from egg, through successive larval instars, pupa, and adult; the latter is distinct from the first two forms of the insect, permitting specialization of feeding (larval) and reproductive-flying functions (adult); characteristic of the higher insect orders, such as Coleoptera (beetles), Hymenoptera (bees, wasps, ants), Diptera (two-winged flies), and Siphonaptera (fleas).

complete metamorphosis

n.
A type of metamorphosis in which an insect passes through distinct egg, larval, pupal, and adult stages, and the larva does not resemble the adult. Also called holometabolism.

complete metamorphosis

see ENDOPTERYGOTA.
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We allowed the juvenile dragonflies to go through metamorphosis to become adult dragonflies, and found those that had grown up around predators were more likely to fail to complete metamorphosis successfully, more often dying in the process," says Rowe.
Having never really made the cut at Ibrox and after completely falling out of favour at Rangers, Adam was loaned out to Blackpool, then in the Championship, only to undergo a complete metamorphosis and becoming the powerhouse behind Blackpool's promotion, and a much sought-after player in the process.
During this period of transformation from parasites to free-living juveniles, the glochidia undergo a complete metamorphosis to form the internal organs typical of all mussels and clams.

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