Complete metamorphosis is the total change of an insect that goes through four distinct stages. Those stages are egg, larva, pupa and adult.Continue Reading
The time an insect spends in each stage varies depending on the insect. In the egg stage, the insect is an embryo waiting to hatch. During the larva stage, it hatches and usually begins to eat and grow. In most cases, insects look distinctly different now than they will in the final stage of metamorphosis. Caterpillars are the larva stage of butterflies.
After the larva finishes growing, it enters the pupa stage and forms a cocoon. There, it waits for its body to redevelop for the final stage when it becomes an adult.Learn more about Zoology
According to Arizona State University, many types of insects undergo incomplete metamorphosis, including grasshoppers, cockroaches, termites, praying mantises, crickets and lice. In addition, insects identified as "true bugs," such as leafhoppers, aphids, cicadas, stink bugs, water bugs and bed bugs, go through this change.Full Answer >
A good insect field guide can aid people in identifying insects in a variety of habitats. Some of these guides, such as Princeton University Press' "Garden Insects of North America: The Ultimate Guide to Backyard Bugs," focus specifically on those insects that people are likely to encounter in their gardens.Full Answer >
The insect with the longest average lifespan is the African mound-building termite queen. The termite queen can survive for 60 years or more and lays about 35,000 eggs daily.Full Answer >
According to Insect Identification, a "child of the earth" insect is the English translation for a common Spanish name of the potato bug, "nino de la tierra." The Archnids E-Zine reports that in New Mexico, the term "child of the earth" is also applied to large arachnids called wind scorpions. The two groups are not related. Wind scorpions are closest to spiders, whereas potato bugs are a kind of wingless cricket.Full Answer >