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Analysis of Life Cycle and Development Process of Holometabolous Insects  

Tianxia Guo
Institute of Life Science, Jiyang College of Zhejiang A&F University, Zhuji, 311800, China
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Molecular Entomology, 2023, Vol. 14, No. 6   doi: 10.5376/me.2023.14.0006
Received: 21 Aug., 2023    Accepted: 29 Aug., 2023    Published: 05 Sep., 2023
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Guo T.X., 2023, Analysis of life cycle and development process of holometabolous insects, Molecular Entomology, 14(6): 1-12 (doi: 10.5376/me.2023.14.0006)


This paper provides a comprehensive analysis of the complete metamorphosis in insects, including their lifecycle and developmental process. Complete metamorphosis is one of the most common and typical types of insect development, comprising four stages: egg, larva, pupa, and adult. The article begins by introducing the definition, characteristics, and classification of holometabolous insects. Subsequently, it delves into the details of mating and oviposition, egg development and hatching, the larval stage, pupa formation and development, as well as the characteristics, functions, and significance of each stage during the adult phase. Finally, the significance and conservation value of holometabolous insects in the ecosystem are emphasized. The purpose of this article is to enhance our understanding of the developmental process of insects with complete metamorphosis, providing valuable insights for entomological research and ecological conservation.

Lifecycle; Developmental process; Mating; Oviposition; Larva
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