TitleEvidence of parasitism by Strepsiptera in Dominican amber
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsPoinar, GO
Type of ArticleJournal Article

Fossil evidence of parasitism by Strepsiptera is presented by the discovery of a male pupa in a halictid bee ( Halictidae: Hymenoptera) and female and male pupae in representatives of two families of planthoppers ( Delphacidae and Achilidae: Fulgoroidea) in 15-45 million year old Dominican amber. In the case of the delphacid, the first stage strepsipteran larvae were making their exit from the brood chamber at the time of capture. The fossils are compared with extant insect-strepsiptera associations in Mesoamerica. These rare finds, which include the first fossil record of strepsipteran larvae associated with a host insect, establish a minimum age for parasitism of halictid bees and planthoppers by strepsipterans.

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