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Endopterygota

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Endopterygota
Blister Beetle
Lytta magister, a Blister Beetle
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Subkingdom:Metazoa
Phylum:Arthropoda
Subphylum:Hexapoda
Class:Insecta
Subclass:Pterygota
Infraclass:Neoptera
Superorder:Endopterygota
Orders

Coleoptera
Diptera
Hymenoptera
Lepidoptera
Mecoptera
Megaloptera
Miomoptera
Neuroptera
Raphidioptera
Siphonaptera
Trichoptera

The Endopterygota, also known as Holometabola, are insects of the subclass Pterygota which go through distinctive larval, pupal, and adult stages. They undergo a radical metamorphosis, with the larval and adult stages differing considerably in their structure and behaviour. The Endopterygota are among the most diverse insect superorders, with at least 680,000 known species divided between eleven orders. They include butterflies, fleas, bees, ants and beetles, among many other types of insect.

They are distinguished from the Exopterygota (or Hemipterodea) by the way in which their wings develop. Endopterygota (meaning literally "internal winged forms") develop wings inside the body and undergo an elaborate metamorphosis involving a pupal stage. Exopterygota ("external winged forms") develop wings on the outside of their bodies and do not go through a pupal stage.

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