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Metamorphosis


Dragonfly going through it final moult - undergoing metamorphosis from its nymph form to an adult.
Dragonfly going through it final moult - undergoing metamorphosis from its nymph form to an adult.
Photographer: Clinton & Charles Robertson


Metamorphosis is a process by which an animal physically develops as they grow from a juvenile to an adult.

Animals that under go metamorphosis include insects, amphibians and fish, and usually, but not always, it is accompanied by a change in habitat or behavior.

In insects, metamorphosis can be complete or incomplete:

Complete metamorphosis involves a total change in shape during a resting stage called a pupa.

Incomplete metamorphosis involves a series of less drastic changes which occur each time the animal moults.

Also see:
Larva
Nymph
Prepupa
Pupa
Chrysalis
Cocoon

 


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