Strepsiptera

by Kathirithamby J.

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Strepsiptera database is a database on Strepsiptera parasitoïd group.

Strepsiptera (commonly known as twisted-winged parasites) is an order of holometabolous insects with twelve families (one fossil genus undescribed as a family), making up about six hundred species so far with several cryptic species to be described. The 1st instar larvae and the short-lived adult males are the only free-living stages (except in the family Mengenillidae). The larval stages and the neotenic females are endoparasites. The hosts include insects such as bees, wasps, leafhoppers, silverfish, cockroaches, grasshoppers, mantids, crickets and fruitflies.