Lisa Nagy

University of Arizona

Miodrag Grbic

University of Western Ontario, Canada

Embryogenesis is the process by which a larva or a juvenile is built from a single egg. The fertilized egg divides to produce hundreds of cells that grow, move, and differentiate into all the organs and tissues required to form a larva or juvenile. Embryogenesis is extremely diverse in different insect species. For each generalization that can be made about some aspect of insect development, numerous variations and multiple exceptions exist. In some species a single egg gives rise to several thousand larvae, in others, embryos devour their mothers prior to hatching. The most extreme variations are found among insects that parasitize other insects. This article presents a generalized view of some of the more regular features of insect development.

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