Strepsiptera

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Strepsiptera
Temporal range: Middle Cretaceous - Recent
male
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Strepsiptera
Kirby, 1813
Families

Protoxenidae
Cretostylopidae
Mengeidae
Bahiaxenidae
Mengenillidae
Stylopidae
Bohartillidae
Corioxenidae
Halictophagidae
Callipharixenidae
Elenchidae
Myrmecolacidae

Strepsiptera is a order of insects, any of about 600 species of small insects that are notable for their bizarre form of parasitism. Strepsipterans are parasitic in planthoppers, leafhoppers, treehoppers, froghoppers, bees, and other insects.

Description[change | change source]

Mature females are usually wingless and saclike, whereas the males have large, fanlike hindwings, short, clublike forewings, bulging eyes, and comblike antennae.