Insect life cycles
A group of terms related to insect life cycles.
Terms in this group
- Adenotrophic viviparity
a type of development where eggs hatch within the female insect and the larvae are nourished until ready to pupate. At this stage the larvae are laid and pupate immediately.
a period of summer dormancy.
a species having two broods per year.
- Brood parasitism
a form of parasitism whereby the parasite uses another organism to raise the parasite's offspring rather than the host's own offspring.
the second stage in the life cycle of butterflies and moths.
the outer shell of an insect's egg.
the third stage in the life cycle of a butterfly or moth.
the protective covering around the pupae or chrysalis of some insects.
- Complete metamorphosis
a type of metamorphosis in which an insect goes through four distinct stages: egg, larva, pupa, imago.
a series of hooks used to attach the pupa of a butterfly or moth to a twig or other structure.
the arrested development of an organism. Diapause is often the result of environmental conditions.
the name given to male bees.
moulting of the arthropod cuticle.
the emergence of an insect from a pupa or egg.
the first stage in the life cycle of many insects and other animals.
the development of the wings inside the body of an insect.
the development of the wings outside the body in insects.
the cast-off outer skin of an arthropod after a moult.
- Flying ant day
the colloquial name given to the day when winged ants emerge from their colonies and go on their nuptial flight.
- Food plant
the type of plant eaten by a particular species.
the droppings of insect larvae.
a growth on a plant in response to the action of an insect.
the larvae of Geometrid moths.
the female reproductive of bees, ants and wasps. Usually the name used to describe the female before she has been on the nuptial flight.
a hermaphrodite is an organism possessing both male and female sexual organs.
the adult insect.
- Incomplete metamorphosis
a type of metamorphosis in which an insect hatches from an egg and then goes through several similar nymphal stages before reaching adulthood.
the largest Class of arthropods and the most diverse group of animals in the world.
an immature arthropod between moults.
- Juvenile hormone
a hormone that inhibits development of a juvenile insect to an adult.
the juvenile form of an insect.
- Leaf miner
the larvae of an insect living between the upper and lower surfaces of a leaf.
- Life cycle
the stages of the life of an organism.
- Life stage
an individual stage in the life of insects, each usually having a very different appearance to the other stages.
the common name given to the larvae of some species of true fly (Diptera).
the process of development of an organism that involves distinct stages with an abrupt change between them.
a species having many broods per year.
- Nuptial flight
the mating flight of some insects such as social bees and ants.
- Nuptial gift
items provided by a male invertebrate to a female prior to mating.
a type of egg mass produced by several different groups of insect including Praying mantids and Cockroaches.
one of the seven taxonomic ranks used to classify living organisms. Order comes after Class and before Family.
reproducing by means of laying eggs.
an organism that lives on or in another organism and eventually kills it.
the reproduction of an individual whereby offspring are produced without fertilisation by a male.
the adult insect prior to emergence from a pupa.
the third stage in the life cycle of insects undergoing complete metamorphosis.
an outer covering that protects the pupae of some flies (the Cyclorrhapha).
a species taking more than one year to complete its life-cycle.
the state of an insect immediately after moulting. At this time the insect's exoskeleton has not hardened and it may be pale in colour.
a species having one brood per year.
giving birth to live young (not eggs).
- Wing bud
flattened structures possessed by nymphs from which the wings will develop in the adult insect.
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