Twisted Parasites From "Outer Space" Perplex Biologists

  title={Twisted Parasites From "Outer Space" Perplex Biologists},
  author={Fiona M. Proffitt},
  pages={343 - 343}

Comparative analysis of the insect mobile genetic element repertoire and its influence on genome size dynamics

A standardized characterization and an order-level comparison of arthropod TE repertoires, encompassing 62 insect and 11 outgroup species, and finds that it correlates to genome size in both abundance and diversity.

Parasitic castration by Xenos vesparum depends on host gender

It is found that, differently from female wasps, parasitized males are not heavily affected by Xenos: they maintain their sexual behaviour and ability to discriminate between female castes, and the structure of their reproductive apparatus is not compromised by the parasite.

The Strepsiptera-Odyssey: the history of the systematic placement of an enigmatic parasitic insect order

The history of the phylogenetic placement of the parasitic insect order Strepsiptera is outlined and early hypotheses based on a typological approach − affinities with Diptera, Coleoptera, a coleopteran subgroup, or Neuropterida − were revived using either a Hennigian approach or formal analyses of morphological characters or different molecular data sets.

The evolutionary history of holometabolous insects inferred from transcriptome-based phylogeny and comprehensive morphological data

The combination of well-resolved phylogenies obtained by phylogenomic analyses and well-documented extensive morphological datasets is an appropriate basis for reconstructing complex morphological transformations and for the inference of evolutionary histories.

First Sex Pheromone of the Order Strepsiptera: (3R,5R,9R)-3,5,9-Trimethyldodecanal in Stylops melittae Kirby, 1802

The first identification and synthesis of a female-produced strepsipteran sex pheromone, (3R,5R,9R)-3,5,9-trimethyldodecanal, from Stylops melittae, a species parasitizing andrenid bees is reported.

9-Genes Reinforce the Phylogeny of Holometabola and Yield Alternate Views on the Phylogenetic Placement of Strepsiptera

The results unequivocally support the monophyly of Neuropteroidea, but recover Strepsiptera either derived from within polyphagan beetles (order Coleoptera), or in a position sister to Neuropterida.

Host-parasitoid associations in Strepsiptera.

Aspects of virulence, heterotrophic heteronomy in the family Myrmecolacidae, cryptic species, genomics, immune response, and behavior of stylopized hosts are discussed in this chapter.

Behavioral evidence for within-eyelet resolution in twisted-winged insects (Strepsiptera)

This study is the first to use the EMD model explicitly to investigate the possibility that strepsipteran eyes combine motion detection features from both camera and compound eyes.