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A type of insect hibernation, when any stage of the insect life cycle (eggs, larvae, nymphs, pupae, adults) stops growing, moving, breeding, and feeding. This slowing down saves energy, so the insect can survive colder temperatures. Normal activity resumes it warms up and there’s food to eat.

Some examples of insects that use diapause include flies, ants, and bed bugs. Clicking on the links will take you to articles that explain more about the insect’s diapause.

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