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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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Examples from the web for incomplete metamorphosis
  • Insects undergo either complete or incomplete metamorphosis throughout their life cycles.
  • Termites go through incomplete metamorphosis with egg, nymph, and adult stages.
  • Organisms that undergo incomplete metamorphosis are called nymphs and lack the pupa stage in their life cycle.
  • They are complete metamorphosis, incomplete metamorphosis and direct development.
  • Examples of insects with incomplete metamorphosis are dragonflies, damselflies and mayflies.

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