Living With Hypermetamorphosis

Black Margined Blister Beetle, Epicauta pestifera, Feeding On Pollen

Insects are admired for their metamorphosis, the ability to transform from one form to another. Several Blister beetles in the family Meloidae (including Epicauta) have larval stages with multiple forms. The first form that hatches from the egg is sclerotized and mobile with long walking legs. This triungulin form (A) actively seeks the eggs of grasshoppers. The triungulin then molts to a very different form (B) with…

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