WANTED:Twisted-wing Parasites/ Strepsiptera BY: ALEXANDER MEZA

Appearance: Immaturely these larva will have legs with high mobility. Successive Twisted Wings larvae lack legs and are grub like with reduced mouth parts. Once they are adults, females will maintain their larviform while the males emerge with large fan-shaped hind wings and small club like wings front wings. Males also seem to have about 4-7 antennae.

Evolutionary History: It seems that the twisted wing parasite was designed to inhabit the body of most other insects. Entomologist have made conclusions that this class is very closely related to beetles that they have been classified as a superfamily of Coleoptera.

Life Cycle: The twisted wings' parasite life cycle is a very simple one. They begin as larvae and as they mature they inhabit the body of an insect and fertilize in their once more. Females will stay in larviform and with a host as males will sprout wings.

Distribution and Where they seem to pose a problem: They seem to be located mostly around South America and can sometimes be located in Central America and North America. They are uncommon to find.

The Problem: This insect seems to enter the body of other insects and acts as a parasite, almost killing the host. This parasite is wanted for its numerous acts of parasitic-terrorism against insects such as, silverfish, flies, crickets, and mantises. And once the males are done maturing, they leave the host while the adult female stays.

They're only known alias is Strepsiptera.

Citations:https://projects.ncsu.edu/cals/course/ent425/library/compendium/strepsiptera.html#classification

http://bioteaching.com/the-twisted-wing-parasites-insecta-strepsiptera/

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