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  • Among the insect species of the strepsiptera, the female is a shapeless worm which lives its whole life long in the hind body of a wasp; its head, which is of the shape of a lentil, protrudes between two of the belly rings of the wasp, the rest of the body being inside.

    Unconscious Memory Samuel Butler 1868


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  • The Strepsiptera (known in older literature as twisted-winged parasites) are an order of insects with nine families making up about 600 species. The early stage larvae and the short-lived adult males are free-living but most of their life is spent as endoparasites inside other insects such as bees, wasps, leafhoppers, silverfish, and cockroaches. (from Wikipedia)

    October 1, 2008