The word for today is – LARVA – which refers to the newly hatched form of insects before they undergo metamorphosis. It comes from the Latin word – LARVA – meaning EVIL SPIRIT, DEMON, SPIRIT or MASK. The Latin word was used to refer to a TERRIFYING MASK. It is therefore an appropriate term for that stage of an insect’s life during which its final form is still hidden or masked. In Roman mythology a malevolent spirit of the dead is called – LARVA.