What is larva?

  • (noun): The immature free-living form of most invertebrates and amphibians and fish which at hatching from the egg is fundamentally unlike its parent and must metamorphose.


A larva (plural larvae /ˈlɑrviː/) is a distinct juvenile form many animals undergo before metamorphosis into adults. Animals with indirect development such as insects, amphibians, or cnidarians typically have a larval phase of their life cycle.

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Selected Types of Larvae
... Animal Name of larva Hydrozoa planula Many crustaceans nauplius Decapoda zoea Mayflies, Grasshoppers, True Bugs, etc ... mussels glochidium Lamprey ammocoete Fish (generally) larva Eels leptocephalus Amphibians tadpole, polliwog Sea stars Bipinnaria ...
Larinus Obtusus
... The larva emerges and feeds on the developing seeds inside the head ... The larval stage lasts 17 days, after which the larva constructs a cocoon from the remnants of the seeds and pupates within it for about nine days ... Most of the damage to the plant is done by the larva's feeding on the seeds the adult feeds on the foliage but does less drastic damage to the plant ...
Lipoptena Depressa
... The female fly will produce a single larva at a time, retaining the larva internally until it is ready to pupate ... The larva feeds on the secretions of a milk gland in the uterus of the female ...
Lycaena Epixanthe - Life Cycle
... The larva is bluish-green with a darker green middorsal stripe ... The Bog Copper larva is the only copper that feeds on cranberries ... The egg overwinters, usually under water with the larva fully developed inside ...