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Silkworm Life Cycle Model

Model of a silkworm's 4 life stages
Manufacturer: Insect Lore


Each set contains soft plastic representations of the following stages: Eggs, Larva, Pupa, Adult Moth.

 Did you know??? A cocoon is made from one continuous thread that is 1000 to 3000 ft long and it takes 20000-3000 silkworms to make a pound of silk.

What is the difference between complete and incomplete metamorphosis in insects?

Incomplete and complete metamorphosis differ in the number of life cycle stages insects go through during their transformation from egg to adult. Complete metamorphosis has 4 life cycle stages and incomplete metamorphosis has 3 life cycle stages.

Complete Metamorphosis

Complete metamorphosis has four distinct life cycle stages: egg, larva, pupa and adult. Examples of insects that go through complete metamorphosis are butterflies, silkworms, mealworms andladybugs. The larva can be worm-like, although you can still see the six legs. The larvae for moths and butterflies are called caterpillars. Maggots are the larval stage of flies. The larvae eat constantly and grow rapidly. A hard, protective case forms around the larva…this is the pupa stage. The pupa stage for a butterfly is called a chrysallis. The pupa stage for a moth is called a cocoon.

Incomplete Metamorphosis

Incomplete metamorphosis only has three life cycle stages: egg, nymph, adult. The nymph looks similar to, but a smaller version of, the adult. The nymph is also wingless. Examples of insects that go through incomplete metamorphosis are stinkbugs, earwigs, crickets, grasshoppers, cockroaches, ants and praying mantids.

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