- an insect in the nonfeeding, usually immobile, transformation stage between the larva and the imago.
Origin of pupa
Examples from the Web for pupae
Historical Examples of pupae
These are the chrysalids or pupae of the insect and later from them will come the millers.An Elementary Study of Insects
Larvae are very scarce; pupae abound, as do perfect insects.
Though they are not quite so numerous, there are also plenty of pupae.
How is the parasite's inroad into the flesh fly's pupae effected?
I have gathered a number of pupae of the flesh fly in one of my vermin jars.
Word Origin for pupa
"post-larval stage of an insect," 1773, special use by Linnæus (1758) of Latin pupa "girl, doll, puppet" (see pupil (n.1)) on notion of "undeveloped creature." Related: Pupal; pupiform.
- An insect in the nonfeeding stage of development between the larva and adult, during which it typically undergoes a complete transformation within a protective cocoon or hardened case. Only certain kinds of insects, such as moths, butterflies, ants, and beetles, develop as larvae and pupae. Compare imago larva nymph.