from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To become a pupa.
  • intransitive v. To go through a pupal stage.

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  • v. To become a pupa.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To become a pupa.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To become a pupa; enter upon the pupal state; undergo transformation from the state of the grub or larva to that of the perfect insect or imago: as, to pupate under ground; to pupate in winter.

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  • v. develop into a pupa


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  • Underlying the science is the helpful fact that flies go through four main and identifiable developmental stages, from egg (which will generally hatch within 24 hours) to larva (which will feed on the corpse for about five days, then spend another couple preparing to pupate) to pupa (equivalent to a butterfly's chrysalis; another seven days) and onwards to adult fly.

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  • The caterpillar must've been sheltering under one of the leaves, and the warmth of the house revived him enough to start looking for a nice place to pupate.

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  • It was as if I had warned them that I was about to pupate.

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  • They live and feed in these cases, emerging only to pupate.

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  • Free-living forms - these larvae do not make a case until they pupate.

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  • Once mature, the larvae crawl out of the water and pupate in the soil.

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  • This spinneret creates the silk that is needed for the caterpillar to spin a cocoon in which it will pupate.

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  • The maggots eventually pupate into flies and the cycle continues.

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  • The caterpillars pupate into these beautiful little cocoon things that hang from the sides of the tent.


  • You send away, get a half dozen caterpillars, watch them pupate, and, hopefully, hatch into butterflies.

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