Juvenile Hormones

Juvenile Hormones

In certain insects, juvenile hormone suppresses metamorphosis from larva to adult. Instead, this hormone allows the young organism to grow in size while remaining in the immature larval stage. Eventually, the juvenile hormone decreases, causing metamorphosis to take place. If the corpora allata, the site of juvenile hormone production and release, is surgically removed an an early larval stage, what is expected to happen?

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