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Analysis of Predation Strategies and Behavioral Ecology of Holometabolous Insects  

Mengyi Xu1 , Tianxia Guo2 , Jia Xuan1
1 Cuixi Academy of Biotechnology, Zhuji, 311800, China
2 Institute of Life Science, Jiyang College of Zhejiang A&F University, Zhuji, 311800, China
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Molecular Entomology, 2023, Vol. 14, No. 3   doi: 10.5376/me.2023.14.0003
Received: 26 Jul., 2023    Accepted: 02 Aug., 2023    Published: 14 Aug., 2023
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Xu M.Y., Guo T.X., and Xuan J., 2023, Analysis of predation strategies and behavioral ecology of holometabolous insects, Molecular Entomology, 14(3): 1-7 (doi: 10.5376/me.2023.14.0003)


Holometabolous insects refer to those insects that undergo complete metamorphosis, with distinct morphological differences between their larvae and adults. These insects exhibit high diversity and adaptability in their predation strategies and behavioral ecology. This paper provides a systematic analysis and summary of the predation strategies and behavioral ecology of holometabolous insects, including their predation methods, prey types, and predation timing, based on existing research. By studying the predation strategies and behavioral ecology of holometabolous insects, this paper aims to provide a reference and inspiration for further research in entomology and ecology.

Holometabolous insects; Predation strategies; Behavioral ecology; Predation behavior
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