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Corioxenidae - male

Corioxenidae - Male
Dick Nichols District Park, Austin, Travis County, Texas, USA
July 30, 2009
Strepsiptera: Corioxenidae
Det. Duane McKenna, 2009, based on DNA analysis

Collected 20 (!!!), at a mercury vapor light

spmns sent to TAMUIC and Harvard MCZ

Moved from Twisted-winged Insects.

Family Corioxenidae
det. Duane McKenna, 2009
based on DNA analysis

Why at lights?
Any idea why these would come to lights? Unlike typical insects they can't form a mating swarm as females are wingless. The instinct to congregate in, for example, a ray of light waiting for females is useless. (Is it only some species that have wingless females?)

J. Kathirithamby
Except for the family Mengenillidae all other females are endoparasitic in their hosts. Only some species come into light traps.

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i'm speechless
these defy imagination

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