Living With Strepsipteran Larvae

Styles ovinae, first instar larva
Image: Knauthe & Colleagues*

Twisted wing parasites are an enigmatic group of insects due to their small size and unusual life history. They are most closely related to the beetles (Coleoptera), but lack elytra, the hard forewings found in beetles. Stylops ovinae is a parasite of an Andrenid bee. Immatures are streamlined and covered with hairs. Larvae are mobile and have functional legs. As seen in image (left) two long cerci extend from the tip of the…

Source: Living With Insects Blog

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