AskDefine | Define holometabolous

Dictionary Definition

holometabolous adj : (of an insect) undergoing complete metamorphosis [syn: holometabolic]

Extensive Definition

Holometabolism, also called complete metamorphism, is a term applied to insect groups to describe the specific kind of insect development which includes four life stages - as an embryo, a larva, a pupa and an imago. For example, in the life cycle of a butterfly, the embryo grows within the egg, hatching into the larval stage caterpillar, before entering the pupal stage within its chrysalis and finally emerging as an adult butterfly imago.
The superorder Endopterygota groups holometabolic insects. Orders in the superorder are :

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holometabolous in Bosnian: Kompletna metamorfoza
holometabolous in Catalan: Holometabolia
holometabolous in Estonian: Täismoone
holometabolous in Spanish: Holometabolismo
holometabolous in Icelandic: Fullkomin myndbreyting
holometabolous in Dutch: Volledige gedaanteverwisseling
holometabolous in Polish: Przeobrażenie zupełne owadów
holometabolous in Simple English: Complete metamorphosis
holometabolous in Chinese: 完全变态
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