One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The hardened last larval skin which encloses the pupa in some insects, especially higher diptera.
- ‘When maggots have completed their development they convert their last larval skin into a puparium, a hardened shell within which the pupa develops.’
- ‘Adult males emerge from their puparia and fly off to inseminate a female through the brood canal opening in her cephalothorax.’
- ‘Emergent flies were frozen, pinned with their respective puparia, and sent to specialists for identification.’
- ‘In southern Arizona, these flies exclusively use Arizona walnut, Juglans major, as a host plant, emerging between July and September from puparia in the soil.’
- ‘Parasitized fly puparia were shipped from the rearing laboratory to Kauai, Hawaii, where the puparia were placed in 30 x 30 x 30 cm wood and screen cages containing water and undiluted honey.’
- 1.1 A pupa enclosed in a puparium.
- ‘Adult female parasites lay an egg on the fly pupa within the puparium.’
- ‘Whereas natives must feed to develop their eggs, T. zealandicus wasps have eggs when they emerge from the fly puparium as adult females.’
- ‘However in the check area, the density of adult flies / puparia did not show any reduction and the trend was similar to that of the pre-treatment survey.’
- ‘I also found a couple black tenebrionid beetles hiding under debris and the empty puparium of a fly.’
- ‘Face fly larvae are yellowish and the puparium is white.’
Early 19th century: modern Latin, from pupa, on the pattern of words such as herbarium.
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