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incomplete metamorphosis

noun
1.
insect development, as in the grasshopper and cricket, in which the change is gradual and characterized by the absence of a pupal stage.
Also called imperfect metamorphosis.
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  • The cockroach, like the grasshopper and the locust, only undergoes an incomplete metamorphosis.

  • The young of insects that undergo an incomplete metamorphosis.

    The Insect Folk Margaret Warner Morley
  • Another name for the larva of insects that undergo an incomplete metamorphosis is nymph.

    The Insect Folk Margaret Warner Morley
  • The locust furnishes us with an instance of what is known as 'incomplete metamorphosis.'

  • Homotenous: retaining the primitive form: applied to insects without or with an incomplete metamorphosis.

  • Who remembers what the young of insects that undergo an incomplete metamorphosis are sometimes called?

    The Insect Folk Margaret Warner Morley
  • Egg, nymph, adult,—those are the stages of insects that have an incomplete metamorphosis.

    The Insect Folk Margaret Warner Morley

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