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pupa




Life-cycle of gypsy moth
An immature, non-feeding stage in the development of those insects which have a larva completely different in structure from the adult, and in which complete metamorphosis occurs. Most pupae consist of a tough protective outer casing, inside which the tissues of the insect undergo a drastic reorganization form the adult body: all but the nervous system changes.

Insects that undergo pupation the many species of butterfly, moth, and beetle and many kinds of fly. The pupa is often called chrysalis in butterflies and moths. It often acts as a resting or dormant stage, providing a resistant form in which the insect can survive severe weather or drought.


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