complete metamorphosis(redirected from Holometabolous metamorphosis)
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development of a monarch butterfly
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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