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- n. The first-instar larva of a parasitic beetle with three claws on each foot.
- n. The first-instar larva of any of various other insect parasites or parasitoids with a similar life cycle.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The first larval stage of a stylopid insect.
- n. The first larval stage of the hypermetamorphic blister-beetles, or Meloïdæ. See also cut under Meloë.
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Safely within the nest, the little 'triungulin' beetle-grub moults; the second instar has a soft cuticle and relatively shorter legs, which, as the larva, now living as a cuckoo-parasite, proceeds to gorge itself with honey, soon appear still further abbreviated.