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[pyoo-puh] /ˈpyu pə/
noun, plural pupae
[pyoo-pee] /ˈpyu pi/ (Show IPA),
an insect in the nonfeeding, usually immobile, transformation stage between the larva and the imago.
Origin of pupa
1765-70; < New Latin, special use of Latin pūpa girl, doll, puppet. See pupil1, puppet
Related forms
pupal, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for pupa
  • The mature larva forms a pupa and transforms into the adult insect which is a gray to brown colored moth with a one inch wingspan.
  • When they reach full size, they attach to a leaf by their tail, and a pupa is formed.
  • Once out of the pupa, the damp butterfly inflates its wings with blood stored in its abdomen.
  • Empty fly pupa were found with the kids' remains, indicating that maggots ate their flesh during natural decomposition.
  • While in the chrysalis, the butterfly is in the pupa stage of its life.
  • When caterpillars emerge from their nests, they feed off the trees until they reach the pupa stage or the tree loses its leaves.
  • We managed to extricate it and put the pupa in a jar.
  • It needs leafy plants to store up energy for the chrysalis or pupa stage.
  • The pupa usually does not eat or move around much, but a lot of internal changes take place.
  • The swallowtail is less visible when it enters the pupa stage.
British Dictionary definitions for pupa


noun (pl) -pae (-piː), -pas
an insect at the immobile nonfeeding stage of development between larva and adult, when many internal changes occur See coarctate, exarate, obtect
Derived Forms
pupal, adjective
Word Origin
C19: via New Latin, from Latin: a doll, puppet
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Word Origin and History for pupa

"post-larval stage of an insect," 1773, special use by Linnæus (1758) of Latin pupa "girl, doll, puppet" (see pupil (n.1)) on notion of "undeveloped creature." Related: Pupal; pupiform.

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pupa in Science

Plural pupae (py'pē)
An insect in the nonfeeding stage of development between the larva and adult, during which it typically undergoes a complete transformation within a protective cocoon or hardened case. Only certain kinds of insects, such as moths, butterflies, ants, and beetles, develop as larvae and pupae. Compare imago, larva, nymph.

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