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- adj. Pertaining to, or undergoing, holometabolism
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Same as holometabolic.
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- adj. (of an insect) undergoing complete metamorphosis
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Development can be ametabolous, paurometabolous, or holometabolous.
Coleopterans are holometabolous group, meaning that its members all transform from larvae to adults via a pupal stage.
"The honeybee immune system, like other species of holometabolous insects, depends on two main categories of defense reactions: the cell-mediated responses such as phagocytosis and encapsulation of foreign objects, and cell-free defense mechanisms represented by the anti-microbial immune proteins" (Response of the Apoidea to fungal infections by Glinski and Buczek - PDF format).
PUPA - The nonfeeding stage between the larva and adult in the metamorphosis of holometabolous insects, during which the larva typically undergoes complete transformation within a protective cocoon or hardened case.
Although distinct physiologic functions of the EcR isoforms have been characterized in higher holometabolous insects, they remain unclear in basal direct-developing insects, in which only A isoform has been identified.
In addition, the EcR-B1 isoform of holometabolous insects had a novel microdomain at the N-terminal end.
Moreover, the novel microdomain in the isoform-specific region of the holometabolous insect EcR-B1 isoform suggests that the holometabolous insect EcR-B1 acquired additional transcriptional regulation mechanisms.
As with all holometabolous insects, the silkworm has four distinctive developmental stages in its life cycle, including egg, larva, pupa, and adult.
They certainly aren’t very closely related to holometabolous insects, the insects that undergo complete metamorphosis–beetles, wasps, ants, house flies, butterflies, moths, etc.