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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 AccountGEOGRAPHIC RANGE, DIET, CONSERVATION STATUS

NO COMMON NAME (Halictophagus naulti): SPECIES ACCOUNT

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.

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.

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

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Animal Life ResourceInsects and Spiders