Strepsiptera (parasites)

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Triozocera mexicana
Source: D. Pierce. 1911. Strepsiptera. Genera Insectorum diriges - Wikimedia Commons


This order of insects contains small endoparasites. The females are usually formless and remain in the host producing the triungulin larvae. The males are characterized by greatly reduced forewings. Males and females of the same species develop in different hosts, e.g. females in a species of Orthoptera and males in a species of ant.

For more details see the respective page in Wikipedia.

The following genera and individual species are currently entered under this order: