incomplete metamorphosis


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the development of a nymph into the imago, which in many respects resembles the former; characteristic of more primitive insect orders, such as Heteroptera (true bugs), Orthoptera (locusts, grasshoppers), and Blatterria (roaches).
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incomplete metamorphosis

n.
A type of metamorphosis in which the pupal stage is lacking and the adult insect has the same general body plan as the immature form. Also called hemimetabolism.
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incomplete metamorphosis

a process undergone by certain insects whereby the young hatch in the adult form though they lack mature sexual organs and there is no pupal stage.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005
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* Incomplete metamorphosis. A gradual change in the insect's size (for example, aphid leafhopper).
Also, true bugs go through stages of gradual development called incomplete metamorphosis. That means when a true bug hatches from its egg, it looks a lot like an adult--but without wings and without sexual organs.
Insect undergo development known as complete or incomplete metamorphosis. Over 80% of all insects develop through complete metamorphosis.

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