Definition of pupate in English:

pupate

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • (of a larva) become a pupa.

    ‘about ten days after pupating the wild silk moths hatch’
    • ‘After the third week all mines were left covered until the larvae pupated, at which time the leaves were picked and placed in corked glass tubes, and reared in an outside insectary.’
    • ‘Juvenile thrips molt through two stages, or instars, before pupating.’
    • ‘After hatching, the larvae grow for three or four weeks and then pupate.’
    • ‘After approximately three weeks of feeding in the spring, they pupate and emerge as adults about 10 days later.’
    • ‘The larvae enter the host, feed, and grow, and after approximately 7-10 days they emerge and pupate, killing the cricket.’
    • ‘When the larvae hatch, she will feed them chewed-up caterpillars until they are ready to pupate.’
    • ‘Each colony consists of up to several hundred siblings that remain together for nearly a year, pupating as a group and then transforming into butterflies while still sequestered in the nest.’
    • ‘Next spring, the larvae pupate and emerge in late May or early June as beetles that live 2 to 4 weeks.’
    • ‘After reaching the 4th instar, the larva pupates and, later, transforms into an adult that is ready to emerge from the seed.’
    • ‘Eventually the parasitic caterpillar pupates, later emerging as an adult butterfly.’
    • ‘Last-instar larvae pupated on the branches of the trees.’
    • ‘Firefly larvae pupate in late spring within an igloo-shaped underground chamber.’
    • ‘Larvae pupate in the seed and emerge as adults from late September to November.’
    • ‘A larva moves to the edge of a leaf before it pupates, and the leaf curls around the pupa.’
    • ‘Eventually these larvae pupated later without mortality, leaving behind severely damaged plants.’
    • ‘In both years, the brood and the queens were frozen when the brood had pupated.’
    • ‘Fifth instar caterpillars pupate under rocks or in the litter beneath host plant patches in mid-June to mid-July.’
    • ‘The wasp pupates within the host integument and, in the Åland islands, emerges as an adult in June while the host butterflies are adults.’
    • ‘Between ten and twelve days later the worker dies as the parasitic larvae pupate inside its body.’
    • ‘Larvae pupate in the soil and adults emerge from mid-July to August.’

Pronunciation

pupate

/pjuːˈpeɪt/