When summer comes, adult beetles attack and larva feed in the cambium layer, girdling the trees and sealing their doom.
We cannot go back, any more than the butterfly can again become a larva.
Laemodipodiform: like a laemodipod; similar to the larva of a walking stick.
But at last I am rewarded, and the larva is just beginning its excavation.
Pleopoda: abdominal legs of larva: posterior legs of an adult.
The larva only exhibits slow movements, and is not capable of swimming about.
Pre-pupal: that stage in the larva just preceding the change to pupa.
Later comes a stage during which legs are entirely wanting, the larva then resting and taking no food.
The larva then enters the ground to a depth of several inches.
I refer to the extreme readiness with which the Anthrax' larva quits and returns to the Chalicodoma grub on which it is feeding.
1650s, "a ghost, specter," from Latin larva (plural larvae), earlier larua "ghost," also "mask;" applied in biological sense 1768 by Linnaeus because immature forms of insects "mask" the adult forms. On the double sense of the Latin word, Carlo Ginzburg, among other students of mythology and folklore, has commented on "the well-nigh universal association between masks and the spirits of the dead."
larva lar·va (lär'və)
n. pl. lar·vas or lar·vae (-vē)
The newly hatched, wingless, often wormlike form of many insects before metamorphosis.
The newly hatched, earliest stage of any of various animals that undergo metamorphosis, differing markedly in form and appearance from the adult.
Plural larvae (lär'vē) or larvas