After leaving its egg, an insect must grow and undergo a series of physical transformations until reaching adulthood. Only adult insects can mate and reproduce. The transformative changes an insect passes through as it moves from one stage of its life cycle to the next is called metamorphosis. Insects may undergo gradual metamorphosis, in which the transformation is subtle, or they can undergo a complete metamorphosis, in which each stage of the life cycle has a distinctly different appearance from the one before and the one after the current stage—or they can experience something in between.
The Types and Stages of Insect Metamorphosis
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The pupa of the Large Copper butterfly Lycaena dispar. Butterflies undergo complete metamorphosis. The main disadvantage of the exoskeleton is that it can't expand with growth. In order for growth to take place, the exoskeleton must be shed and a new one formed. The new one will be soft at first, so the body must be expanded before the new one hardens.
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Larvae are oval, plump, flattened, soft-bodied, with segmented abdomens and 6 legs. They are mottled and dirt-colored, often with bristles. The head is flattened and bears a pair of large, sicklelike pincers that often have spines. Though seldom seen, they live just beneath small, conical pits they create in sandy or loose soil. Adult antlions fly soon after their wings harden and are best looked for during calm, late-summer sunsets and evenings, as they flutter about seeking mates and good places to lay eggs.
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