Skip to main content
Select Source:

exopterygote

exopterygote Any winged insect showing hemimetabolous development, i.e. the eggs hatch into young (called nymphs) that resemble the adults but lack wings; these develop gradually and externally in a series of stages (instars) until the final moult produces the adult insect. There is no pupal stage and metamorphosis is described as incomplete. Exopterygote insects include the mayflies (Ephemeroptera), dragonflies (Odonata), grasshoppers (Orthoptera), and bugs (Hemiptera). Compare endopterygote.

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"exopterygote." A Dictionary of Biology. . Encyclopedia.com. 23 Oct. 2017 <http://www.encyclopedia.com>.

"exopterygote." A Dictionary of Biology. . Encyclopedia.com. (October 23, 2017). http://www.encyclopedia.com/science/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/exopterygote-1

"exopterygote." A Dictionary of Biology. . Retrieved October 23, 2017 from Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedia.com/science/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/exopterygote-1

exopterygote

exopterygote Applied to an insect in which the wings develop externally and gradually. The insect undergoes no pupal stage or rapid metamorphosis, and its young are called ‘nymphs’.

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"exopterygote." A Dictionary of Ecology. . Encyclopedia.com. 23 Oct. 2017 <http://www.encyclopedia.com>.

"exopterygote." A Dictionary of Ecology. . Encyclopedia.com. (October 23, 2017). http://www.encyclopedia.com/science/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/exopterygote

"exopterygote." A Dictionary of Ecology. . Retrieved October 23, 2017 from Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedia.com/science/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/exopterygote

exopterygote

exopterygote Applied to an insect in which the wings develop externally and gradually. The insect undergoes no pupal stage or rapid metamorphosis, and its young are called ‘nymphs’.

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"exopterygote." A Dictionary of Zoology. . Encyclopedia.com. 23 Oct. 2017 <http://www.encyclopedia.com>.

"exopterygote." A Dictionary of Zoology. . Encyclopedia.com. (October 23, 2017). http://www.encyclopedia.com/science/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/exopterygote-0

"exopterygote." A Dictionary of Zoology. . Retrieved October 23, 2017 from Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedia.com/science/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/exopterygote-0