• Larva, pupa, and adult of a Leaf Beetle
    Larva, pupa, and adult of a Leaf Beetle
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n pupa an insect in the inactive stage of development (when it is not feeding) intermediate between larva and adult
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Additional illustrations & photos:

205. Larva. 206. Semi-pupa 205. Larva. 206. Semi-pupa
239. Sphinx 5-maculata, Larva and Pupa 239. Sphinx 5-maculata, Larva and Pupa
254. Apple Borer, Larva and Pupa 254. Apple Borer, Larva and Pupa
264. Seventeen Year Locust, Eggs and Pupa 264. Seventeen Year Locust, Eggs and Pupa
Chrysalid (pupa) of the violet tip butterfly Chrysalid (pupa) of the violet tip butterfly
Larvae and Pupa of Hive-bee Larvae and Pupa of Hive-bee
Pupa of White Butterfly Pupa of White Butterfly

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Pupa (Zoöl) A genus of air-breathing land snails having an elongated spiral shell.
    • Pupa (Zoöl) Any insect in that stage of its metamorphosis which usually immediately precedes the adult, or imago, stage.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pupa The third and usually quiescent stage of those insects which undergo complete metamorphosis, intervening between the larval and the imaginal stage. It is usually called the second stage, the egg not being counted. Some pupæ, as those of mosquitoes, are active. The pupa of some insects is called a puparium, and of others a nymph or chrysalis. See these words. See also cuts under beetle, Carpocapsa, chinch-bug, Erotylus, and house-fly.
    • n pupa A stage in the development of some other arthropods, as cirripeds. See locomotive pupa, below.
    • n pupa [capitalized] In conchology, the typical genus of Pupidæ; the chrysalis - shells.
    • n pupa See the adjectives.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pupa pū′pa an insect enclosed in a case while passing from the caterpillar to the winged stage: a chrysalis—also Pūpe
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. pupa, girl. doll, puppet, fem. of pupus,. Cf. Puppet
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. pupa, a girl, a doll, fem. of pupus, a boy, a child; cf. puer, a boy.


In literature:

About the first of August the larva transforms to a pupa or chrysalis, as at this time two pupae were found in cells a foot beneath the surface.
"Our Common Insects" by Alpheus Spring Packard
The best times for pupae are from October to January.
"Practical Taxidermy" by Montagu Browne
The larva of this insect lives chiefly in water, and the pupa moves with great agility.
"The Temple of Nature; or, the Origin of Society" by Erasmus Darwin
The pupa is dark brown, covered with a whitish or bluish-white bloom.
"The Pecan and its Culture" by H. Harold Hume
Pupae emerging from the ground.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts
An effective method of reducing the number of beetles is the destruction of the pupae.
"Manual of American Grape-Growing" by U. P. Hedrick
Salt, worked into the soil under plum-trees, is said to destroy this insect in its pupa state.
"Soil Culture" by J. H. Walden
In some cases the pupa upon emerging constructs a chimney of soil, the use of which is not known.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 3" by Various
Although these insects were in the pupa stage, most of the testes were too old.
"Studies in Spermatogenesis" by Nettie Maria Stevens
Surely it cannot be far from the pupa state now!
"The Romance of Natural History, Second Series" by Philip Henry Gosse
According to some authorities, they even occasionally gnaw at the pupae and larvae of the ant with which they live.
"The History of the European Fauna" by R. F. Scharff
These all turn to pupae among the leaves instead of in the soil; and any left in the foliage must be picked out and burnt.
"Roses and Rose Growing" by Rose Georgina Kingsley
The pupa stage of the ant-lion is quiescent.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 2" by Various
In like manner they watch over the safety of the nymphs or pupae about to acquire their perfect growth.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 2" by Various
Now, inclosed in a protective case, each pupa is undergoing a remarkable change.
"Butterflies and Moths" by William S. Furneaux
The adult or mature weevil develops from the pupae stage in three to ten days and eats its way out of the square or boll.
"How to Prosper in Boll Weevil Territory" by G. H. Alford
If complete, describe the pupa and tell where it may be found.
"A Guide for the Study of Animals" by Worrallo Whitney
On the top of this pencil were placed some pupae.
"Animal Intelligence" by George J. Romanes
We come now to the Pupa family and its genus Buliminus and its sub-genus Ena.
"Our British Snails" by John William Horsley
Note the variety in colors, markings, and skin coverings of the larvae; note the shape and markings of the pupae.
"Elementary Zoology, Second Edition" by Vernon L. Kellogg

In poetry:

And leaning down the ages, my dull ear,
Catching their slow-ascending harmonies,
I am uplift of them, and borne more near,
I feel within my flesh—laid pupa-wise—
A soul of worship, tho' of vision dim,
Which links me with wing-folded cherubim.
"A Chrysalis" by Emily Pfeiffer

In news:

Spotted wing drosophila pupa protruding from cherry.
A female wasp attacks a spotted wing drosophila pupa.
The researchers also discovered fly pupae near dead bees at the bottom of their laboratory hive, suggesting that A. Borealis can multiply within a hive and potentially infect a pregnant queen bee.
Heather Pupa David McCormick.
Julianna Hirao, a fifth-grade student at Cougar Ridge Elementary School, examines Washington's second confirmed zombie bee and the pupae that surround it.
Heather Pupa David McCormick .
The small ones are matched with pupa patterns, and sometimes dry flies, tied on size 22 hooks.
Breaks the life cycle by preventing horn fly pupae from developing into breeding, biting adult flies.