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Twisted-Wing Parasites: Strepsiptera - Physical Characteristics, Habitat, Behavior And Reproduction, Twisted-wing Parasites And People, No Common Name (halictophagus Naulti): Species Account - GEOGRAPHIC RANGE, DIET, CONSERVATION STATUS

Animal Life ResourceInsects and Spiders

NO COMMON NAME (Halictophagus naulti): SPECIES ACCOUNT

GEOGRAPHIC RANGE

Twisted-wing parasites are found on all continents except Antarctica. There are about 550 species worldwide, of which 109 live in the United States and Canada.

DIET

The parasitic larvae and adult females absorb nutrients directly from the blood of their insect hosts. Free-living adult males and females do not feed.

CONSERVATION STATUS

No twisted-wing parasites are listed as endangered or threatened.

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