Imago is the name given to the adult stage of an insect. It is in the adult stage that insects reproduce. In winged species it is almost always the imago that has wings. However, mayflies have a fully winged subimago (preadult).
A photograph of a recently eclosed Harlequin ladybird. The adult ladybird is still translucent as its exoskeleton hasn't hardened up yet. The empty pupal case is also visible.
Other names for (or types of) Imago include:
- Complete metamorphosis
- Juvenile hormone
- Life stage
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