The larvae eat continuously, growing in size, then one day they start spinning a silky thread. They wave this thread around and around their bodies until they are totally covered. This silky cover is called a cocoon. The larvae now have started their pupa stage. During this period, dramatic changes take place in the larvae body. This is called metamorphosis (which comes from the Greek, and means something like transformation into something else). When the ants break free from the cocoon they will, like magic, be fully grown ants.
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