Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

hypermetamorhosis

When two successive larval stages differs much more strongly that normally is the case, and the impression is given of an extra metamorphosis, one speaks of a hypermetamorhosis.
A striking example is given by the transition made by Gracillariidae from a sap drinking stage to a tissue feeding one, that moreover is accompanied by major modifications in body stature.