- to become a pupa.
Origin of pupate
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Examples from the Web for pupation
Pupate, Pupation: to become a pupa: the act of becoming a pupa.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology
John. B. Smith
In about two weeks from the time of pupation, the moths appear.The Pecan and its Culture
H. Harold Hume
The caterpillar lives with the ichneumon grubs within it usually until nearly time for its pupation.Elementary Zoology, Second Edition
Vernon L. Kellogg
He adds that caterpillars measuring about an inch in length when collected, were preparing for pupation a week later.
When mature, it often leaves its burrow and wanders in search of a suitable place for pupation.
- (intr) (of an insect larva) to develop into a pupa
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Word Origin and History for pupation
1837, noun of action from pupate (v.).
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