Complete metamorphosis is the total change of an insect that goes through four distinct stages. Those stages are egg, larva, pupa and adult.
The time an insect spends in each stage varies depending on the insect. In the egg stage, the insect is an embryo waiting to hatch. During the larva stage, it hatches and usually begins to eat and grow. In most cases, insects look distinctly different now than they will in the final stage of metamorphosis. Caterpillars are the larva stage of butterflies.
After the larva finishes growing, it enters the pupa stage and forms a cocoon. There, it waits for its body to redevelop for the final stage when it becomes an adult.Learn More
Lacewings, beetles, scorpion flies, caddis flies, wasps, bees and fleas undergo complete metamorphosis. Additionally, butterflies, moths and skippers exhibit complete metamorphosis. Insects that exhibit complete metamorphosis undergo four different life stages: egg, larva, pupa and adult.Full Answer >
With an average life of one to 24 hours, mayflies are the insect with the shortest life span, according to Akorra. A mayfly's sole purpose is to hatch and reproduce.Full Answer >
The insect with the longest average lifespan is the African mound-building termite queen. The termite queen can survive for 60 years or more and lays about 35,000 eggs daily.Full Answer >
Insect "feelers" are called antennae. "Feelers" is the wrong term for these organs because they don't actually feel anything. Antennae are covered in olfactory openings that allow the insect to detect odors in the air.Full Answer >