Strepsiptera(redirected from strepsipterans)
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Strepsipteraan order of insects containing very small parasitic individuals. The larvae parasitize bees and plant bugs; the females are wingless endoparasites, the males winged (hind wings only). Parasitized insects are said to be stylopised (after Stylops, one of the parasitizing genera) and cause the host sex organs to degenerate.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005