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Life Cycles


life cycle all the stages of growth that an organism goes through during its lifetime. (birth, growth, reproduction, death)
metamorphosis an obvious change in form from one stage to the next in the life cycle of an organism
complete metamorphosis four stages of growth-egg, larva, pupa, and adult (the young looks completely different than the adult)
larva the second stage in an insect's growth in complete metamorphosis
pupa the third stage in an insect's growth in complete metamorphosis
adult the last stage in the life cycle of an insect
cocoon a protective case for eggs or larvae themselves before they become a pupa or chrysalis
incomplete metamorphosis three stages of growth-egg, nymph, and adult (the young looks very similar to the adult)
nymph the second stage of growth in incomplete metamorphosis
molting the shedding of the outer layer of skin, exoskeleton, or feathers
Created by: shelia.chambers