[ noun ] (zoology) 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
Used in print(B. J. D. Meeuse, The Story of Pollination....)
When the larvae hatch , they feed_on the beebread , although they also receive extra honey meals from their mother .
The larvae , kept warm by the queen , are full_grown in about ten days .
By the middle of the summer , many_of the larvae apparently receive such a good diet that it is `` optimal '' , and it is then that young queens begin to appear .
The nest itself , the structure that in some cases housed about 2000 individuals when the season was at its peak , is now rapidly destroyed by the scavenging larvae of certain beetles and moths .
Thus , the larvae of the intruder can develop at the expense of the rightful inhabitants and the store of beebread .