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prepupa (noun; plural prepupae; Latin prae, before; pupa, puppet): (Arthropoda: Insecta) Quiescent last larval instar before ecdysis to a pupa; not ordinarily representing a distinct morphological stage; propupa

See also: 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.