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Family Halictophagidae

Strepsiptera - Halictophagus - female Strepsiptera - Halictophagus - female Strepsiptera - Halictophagus - female Strepsiptera - Halictophagus - female Strepsiptera - Halictophagus - male Strepsiptera - Halictophagus - male Strepsiptera - Halictophagus - male Strepsiptera - Halictophagus - male
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Strepsiptera (Twisted-winged Insects)
Family Halictophagidae
Numbers
12 spp. of a single genus in our area(1), ~130 spp. in 7 genera worldwide, arranged in 5 subfamilies(2)
Range
worldwide(3); in our area, across the US (more diverse in the south), with H. mackayi reaching Canada (SK)(1)
Food
hosts worldwide include Auchenorrhyncha, Heteroptera, Orthoptera, Blattodea, and Diptera(4); hosts recorded in our area include Cicadoidea only (mostly Cicadellidae, but also Membracidae and Cercopidae)(1)