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n. pl pre·pu·pae (-pē) or pre·pu·pas
A larval insect in the stage just preceding pupation.

pre·pu′pal adj.


(Zoology) an insect between the larval and pupal stages of development
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Nutrient composition and protein quality evaluation of eri silkworm (Samia ricinii) prepupae and pupae.
Sensory analysis of rainbow trout, Oncorhynchus mykiss,fed enriched black soldier fly prepupae, Hermetia illucens.
Researchers conducted four separate experiments on EAB larvae and prepupae at the USD A-APHIS Emerald Ash Borer Laboratory in Brighton, Michigan, from December 2006 to January 2008.
When inside a host nest they are known to drink hemolymph from the host larvae or prepupae.
Mature larvae spin cocoons in the litter under the crowns of trees and overwinter as diapausing prepupae.
Dallwitz R, Wardhaugh KG (1984) Overwintering of prepupae of Lucilia cuprina (Diptera: Calliphoridae) in the Canberra region.
Most of treated larvae molted to malformed prepupae and supernumerary larvae, respectively.
Larvae or maggots are also white to yellowish when fully grown, they move around the corpse as a group and prepupae migrate away from corpse seeking a suitable pupation site.
In insect and butterflies it initiates and maintains metamorphosis from larvae to prepupae and pupae (Bathori et al.
During the summer and fall, larvae feed underground on milkweed roots and rhizomes, overwintering as prepupae.
About 60 tons of fresh prepupae can be self-harvested from one 100,000-hen caged layer house in five months.
These measurements indicate that the outer bark through which prepupae and adults bore before emergence is nutritionally inert.