complete metamorphosis

insect development in which egg, larval, pupal, and adult stages occur, each differing greatly in morphology. Compare incomplete metamorphosis.

1840–50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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They are complete metamorphosis, incomplete metamorphosis and direct development.
These two types of life cycles are referred to as complete metamorphosis and simple metamorphosis, respectively.
Monarchs go through a complete metamorphosis in three to six weeks.
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