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hypermetamorphosis

Hypermetamorphosis of Striped Blister Beetle - Epicauta vittata Life cycle of Mantispidae
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
No Taxon (Glossary)
No Taxon (H)
No Taxon hypermetamorphosis
Identification
hypermetamorphosis noun, adjective hypermetamorphic - When an insect passes through more than the three normal stages of complete metamorphosis. To explain this the example of the larva of the Oil Beetle (Meloidae) is taken: - This campodiform larva (triungulin, a type of planidium) lives an active life on plants until it attaches itself to a bee, which carries it to the hive, where it feeds on her eggs. After casting the skin it becomes a short-legged grub, and feeds on the honey. Another change of skin leads to a third stage, in which no food is taken, the jaws being immovable, and the legs reduced to tubercles. A third moult is succeeded by the fourth and final larval condition; the Oil Beetle grub being now a maggot resembling in appearance those of the bees, living and feeding on honey (Jardine).

Examples occur among semi-parasitic beetles and some other groups:
Ripiphoridae - Wedge-shaped Beetles
Meloidae - Blister Beetles
Mantispidae - Mantidflies (neuroptera)