n.; pl. -ae [L. prae, before; pupa, puppet]
Quiescent last larval instar before ecdysis to a pupa; not ordinarily representing a distinct morphological stage; propupa; see pharate. a. In Thysanoptera and male Coccidae, a morphological stage, a quiescent instar following the last larval instar, followed by a second quiescent, pupal instar. b. In Diptera, the third instar larva between pupariation and the larval-pupal apolysis; prepual adj..

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