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Observed: 25th March 2012 By: rockwolfrockwolf’s reputation in Invertebratesrockwolf’s reputation in Invertebratesrockwolf’s reputation in Invertebratesrockwolf’s reputation in Invertebrates

Was kneeling in grass in a nature reserve to photograph a ground beetle. Spotted this insect so turned my attentions to it!
Know nothing of the Strepsiptera, but know this is a male, as it is winged; any clues as to species and which insect it parasitises would be great! I'm assuming it would be Hymenoptera.

Species interactions

No interactions present.


Mark at Magdalen's picture

Looked for them but have

Looked for them but have never seen one. Good observation!

Ed_P's picture

Stylops Hosts

I've seen several Andrena carantonica (A. scotica) bees parasitised with Stylops in the last few weeks. Never seen an emerged male. Very jealous!


ianbeavis's picture

Male Stylops

Male Stylops are short-lived so it's very unusual to see one. I would assume this is Stylops melittae, parasitising Andrena and other mining bees. There used to be umpteen host-specific species in the genus Stylops but current opinion reduces them all to one.

rockwolf's picture

Thank you....

..all very much for taking the time to comment!

Thanks for the info Ian, this would make sense as there were plenty of Andrena about!