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Difference Between Complete and Incomplete Metamorphosis

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Metamorphosis is the change in the body form and habits during the development cycle of animals. Complete metamorphosis and incomplete metamorphosis are two growth types of insects where the body form of insects changes during their lifecycle. Both complete and incomplete metamorphosis extend from the egg stage to the adult stage. Complete metamorphosis consists of four stages: egg, larva, pupa, and adult. However, the incomplete metamorphosis consists of three stages: egg, nymph, and adult. The main difference between complete metamorphosis and incomplete metamorphosis is that complete metamorphosis consists of a very active, ravenously eating larva and an inactive pupa whereas incomplete metamorphosis consists of a nymph, which resembles a miniature adult. Complete metamorphosis occurs in wasps, ants, and fleas while incomplete metamorphosis occurs in termites, praying mantis, and cockroaches.

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