verb (used without object), pupated, pupating.
to become a pupa.

1875–80; pup(a) + -ate1

pupation, noun
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pupate (pjuːˈpeɪt)
(intr) (of an insect larva) to develop into a pupa

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Example sentences
At this stage of its development, a blowfly maggot stops feeding and migrates
  away from the food source to pupate.
The pests pupate during the summer in the same trees they infested as
First, that's where uninfected caterpillars pupate and turn into adults.
When mature, they burrow out of the skin, drop to the ground and pupate.
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