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larva (s), larvae (pl)
Usually a motile feeding and developing stage in the life cycle of certain insects which follows the egg stage and precedes the pupa.
Larvae of some kinds of insects are known as caterpillars, maggots, grubs, and worms.
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An immature stage which is radically different in form from the adult; characteristic of the holometabolous insects, including the Hymeoptera.
In the termites, the term is used in a special sense to designate an immature individual without any external trace of wing buds or soldier characteristics.