Definitions

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  • proper n. A taxonomic superorder within the infraclass Neoptera — various winged insects. In particular the Exopterygota differ from the Endopterygota in that in general they do not have a "complete metamorphosis". Their life cycle is typically egg -- larva or nymph (in the Exopterygota the choice of terminology is largely a matter of preference) -- adult or imago; there is not in general a clearly defined pupal phase such as occurs in the Endopterygota. In winged species the nymphs generally bear external wing rudiments, which immature members of the Endopterygota do not.

Etymologies

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From Ancient Greek ἔξω (exo, "outside") + πτερόν (pteron, "wing") + New Latin -ota ("having") (The immature insects, if winged, bear their wing rudiments externally; compare this with the Endopterygota.)

Examples

  • Examples have been given of the exceptional passive condition of the penultimate instar in Exopterygota.

    The Life-Story of Insects

  • _Endopterygota_, applied to all the orders of insects with hidden wing-rudiments (the 'Metabola' or 'Holometabola' of most classifications) and _Exopterygota_, including all those insects whose wing-rudiments are visible throughout growth ( 'Hemimetabola' and

    The Life-Story of Insects

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