Holometabolism

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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Metamorphosis is a biological process by which an animal physically develops after birth or hatching, involving a conspicuous and relatively abrupt change in the animal's form or structure through cell growth and differentiation.
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larva (Latin; plural larvae) is a juvenile form of animal with indirect development, undergoing metamorphosis (for example, insects or amphibians).

The larva can look completely different from the adult form, for example, a caterpillar differs from a butterfly.
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pupa (Latin pupa for doll, pl: pupae or pupas) is the life stage of some insects undergoing transformation. The pupal stage is found only in holometabolous insects, those that undergo a complete metamorphosis, going through four life stages; embryo,
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In biology, the imago is the last stage of development of an insect, after the last ecdysis of an incomplete metamorphosis, or after emergence from the pupae where the metamorphosis is complete.
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Rhopalocera

Superfamilies and families
  • Superfamily Hedyloidea:
  • Hedylidae
  • Superfamily Hesperioidea:
  • Hesperiidae

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caterpillar is the larval form of a member of the order Lepidoptera (the insect order comprising butterflies and moths). They are mostly phytophagous in food habit, with some species being entomophagous.
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Endopterygota
Sharp, 1898

Orders

Hymenoptera (ants, bees, etc.)
Coleoptera (beetles)
Strepsiptera (twisted-winged parasites)
Raphidioptera (snakeflies)
Megaloptera (alderflies, etc.
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Diptera
Linnaeus, 1758

Suborders

Nematocera (includes Eudiptera)
Brachycera

True flies are insects of the Order Diptera (Greek: di = two, and pteron
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Hymenoptera
Linnaeus, 1758

Suborders

Apocrita
Symphyta

Hymenoptera is one of the larger orders of insects, comprising the sawflies, wasps, bees, and ants.
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Scientific classification

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Arthropoda
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Megaloptera

Families
  • Sialidae - alderflies
  • Corydalidae - dobsonflies & fishflies


Megaloptera, from the Greek words mega, meaning large, and ptera
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Miomoptera

Families
  • Metropatoridae
  • Archaemiopteridae
  • Palaeomanteidae


Miomoptera is an extinct order of insects.
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Neuroptera
Linnaeus, 1758

Superfamilies

see text

The insect order Neuroptera, or net-winged insects, includes the lacewings, mantidflies, antlions, and their relatives (the group that was once known as the Planipennia).
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Protodiptera

Families
  • Permotanyderidae
  • Permotipulidae


Protodiptera is an extinct order of insects.
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Raphidioptera

Families

Priscaenigmatidae Engel
Baissopteridae Martynova
Mesoraphidiidae Martynov
Alloraphidiidae Carpenter
Inocelliidae Navás
Raphidiidae Latreille

Snakeflies are a group of insects in the order Raphidioptera
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Siphonaptera (but see text)
Latreille, 1825

Infraorders

Ceratophyllomorpha
Hystrichopsyllomorpha
Pulicomorpha
Pygiopsyllomorpha

Synonyms

Aphaniptera

Flea
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Strepsiptera
Kirby, 1813

Families

Mengenillidae
Mengeidae
Stylopidae
Bohartillidae
Corioxenidae
Halictophagidae
Callipharixenidae
Elenchidae
Myrmecolacidae

The Strepsiptera (occasionally known as
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Trichoptera

Suborders [1]

Annulipalpia
Spicipalpia
Integripalpia

Caddisflies are small insect like creatures. (Order Trichoptera, from trich, hair, and ptera
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Hemimetabolism or hemimetaboly, also called incomplete metamorphosis, is a term used to describe the mode of development of certain insects that includes three distinct stages: the egg, nymph, and the adult stage, or imago.
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A type of growth or life cycle where in there is slight or no metamorphosis.

See also

  • Hemimetabolism
  • Holometabolism
  • Metamorphosis

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Metamorphosis is a biological process by which an animal physically develops after birth or hatching, involving a conspicuous and relatively abrupt change in the animal's form or structure through cell growth and differentiation.
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