When summer comes, adult beetles attack and larva feed in the cambium layer, girdling the trees and sealing their doom.
We cannot go back, any more than the butterfly can again become a larva.
The larva of an English species hatches in ten days after the eggs are laid.
But at last I am rewarded, and the larva is just beginning its excavation.
This mask (Fig. 127) is peculiar to the young, or larva and pupa of the Dragon fly.
The larva only exhibits slow movements, and is not capable of swimming about.
Does the wood guide the insect, adult or larva, by its structure?
Later comes a stage during which legs are entirely wanting, the larva then resting and taking no food.
What do the Wa-kamba know of sanitation, hæmaturia, and the larva of Bilharzia!
I refer to the extreme readiness with which the Anthrax' larva quits and returns to the Chalicodoma grub on which it is feeding.
1650s, "a ghost, specter," from Latin larva (plural larvae), earlier larua "ghost," also "mask;" applied in biological sense 1768 by Linnaeus because immature forms of insects "mask" the adult forms. On the double sense of the Latin word, Carlo Ginzburg, among other students of mythology and folklore, has commented on "the well-nigh universal association between masks and the spirits of the dead."
larva lar·va (lär'və)
n. pl. lar·vas or lar·vae (-vē)
The newly hatched, wingless, often wormlike form of many insects before metamorphosis.
The newly hatched, earliest stage of any of various animals that undergo metamorphosis, differing markedly in form and appearance from the adult.
Plural larvae (lär'vē) or larvas