from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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.

    The Life-Story of Insects


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