complete metamorphosis

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complete metamorphosis
development of a monarch butterfly

complete metamorphosis

n.
A type of metamorphosis in which an insect passes through distinct egg, larval, pupal, and adult stages, and the larva does not resemble the adult. Also called holometabolism.
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This process, where the insect goes through four life stages is called holometabolous metamorphosis. The insect looks very different at different life stages, and in many species they also exhibit different behaviour, eat different foods and live in different habitats at different times.