This baby praying mantis looks very much like its mother, but not exactly. What does that tell us about its life cycle?
It does not undergo metamorphosis.No. While it does look similar to its parents, it lacks wings and other features which it will have as an adult.
It has incomplete metamorphosis.Yes! It has most of the features of an adult, and will gain the final adult features later in its life.
It has complete metamorphosis.No. For complete metamorphosis, the larva looks very different from the parent.
It skipped metamorphosis.No. While it does look similar to its parents, it lacks wings and other features which it will have as an adult.
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SC.2.L.16.1 Observe and describe major stages in the life cycles of plants and animals, including beans and butterflies.
SC.4.L.16.4 Compare and contrast the major stages in the life cycles of Florida plants and animals, such as those that undergo incomplete and complete metamorphosis, and flowering and nonflowering seedbearing
UT.5.V.1.c Compare various examples of offspring that do not initially resemble the parent organism but mature to become similar to the parent organism (e.g., mealworms and darkling beetles, tadpoles and frogs, seedlings and vegetables, caterpillars and butterflies).
1-LS3-1 Make observations to construct an evidence-based account that young plants and animals are like, but not exactly like, their parents.