Definition of pupa in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈpjuːpə

noun (plural pupae /-piː/)

  • An insect in its inactive immature form between larva and adult, e.g. a chrysalis.
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    • These snakes feed on smaller prey - the larvae, pupae, and adults of ants and termites - and they do so remarkably fast.
    • In most species for which detailed dietary information is available, ant larvae and pupae represent the most important food resource.
    • The house fly has complete metamorphosis: egg, larvae, pupae and adult.



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  • Prior to pupal emergence, brood combs were placed in an incubator and newly emerged workers were paint-marked on the thorax.
  • Emerged adult Axarus and shed pupal exuviae were removed from the trap daily.
  • The type of pupation site selected by larvae also affects pupal survival of D. melanogaster.


late 18th century: modern Latin, from Latin pupa 'girl, doll'.

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