incomplete metamorphosis


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incomplete metamorphosis
incomplete metamorphosis of a dragonfly

incomplete metamorphosis

n.
A type of metamorphosis in which the pupal stage is lacking and the adult insect has the same general body plan as the immature form. Also called hemimetabolism.
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This process, in which the change is gradual and lacks a pupal stage (such as a cocoon or chrysalis), is called incomplete metamorphosis.
The major groups of insects are identified, illuminating their varied ecological roles; and the biological significance of complete and incomplete metamorphosis among insects is emphasized.
The winning word of the night: hemimetabolous (undergoing incomplete metamorphosis), which tripped up the runners-up, the Spellbinders of the Lunenburg Public Library, who spelled 14 words correctly just to get to the final round.

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