Why grow up? A perspective on insect strategies to avoid metamorphosis

  title={Why grow up? A perspective on insect strategies to avoid metamorphosis},
  author={D. P. McMahon and A. Hayward},
  journal={Ecological Entomology},
  • D. P. McMahon, A. Hayward
  • Published 2016
  • Biology
  • Ecological Entomology
  • 1. Insects with complete metamorphosis (holometaboly) are extremely successful, constituting over 60% of all described animal species. Complete metamorphosis confers significant advantages because it enables organisms to optimise life‐history components through temporal partitioning, and thereby to exploit multiple ecological niches. Yet holometaboly can also impose costs, and several lineages have evolved life cycle modifications to avoid complete metamorphosis. 
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