Definition of puparium in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌpyo͞oˈperēəm/

noun (plural puparia /-ˈpe(ə)rēə/)

1The hardened last larval skin that encloses the pupa in some insects, especially higher diptera.
Example sentences
  • When maggots have completed their development they convert their last larval skin into a puparium, a hardened shell within which the pupa develops.
  • Adult males emerge from their puparia and fly off to inseminate a female through the brood canal opening in her cephalothorax.
  • Parasitized fly puparia were shipped from the rearing laboratory to Kauai, Hawaii, where the puparia were placed in 30 x 30 x 30 cm wood and screen cages containing water and undiluted honey.
1.1A pupa enclosed in a puparium.
Example sentences
  • I also found a couple black tenebrionid beetles hiding under debris and the empty puparium of a fly.
  • Adult female parasites lay an egg on the fly pupa within the puparium.
  • Whereas natives must feed to develop their eggs, T. zealandicus wasps have eggs when they emerge from the fly puparium as adult females.


Early 19th century: modern Latin, from pupa, on the pattern of words such as herbarium.

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Syllabification: pu·par·i·um

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