Many of the major taxonomic groups of insects have a life history in which a quiescent pupal stage separates the larval and adult stages. This phenomenon is referred to as holometaboly or complete metamorphosis. 1-3 The larval stage is characterized by feeding and growth, whereas the adult stage is characterized by reproduction and dispersal. Larvae and adults typically differ strikingly in morphology and behavior. The pupal stage and its associated period of adult development are therefore times during which larval tissues are replaced by adult-specific tissues or are reconstructed to serve adult functions. The mix of replacement and reconstruction varies from species to species and from tissue to tissue.1.
|Title of host publication
|Neuroplasticity, Development, and Steroid Hormone Action
|Number of pages
|Published - Jan 1 2001