- any insect of the order Strepsiptera, including the genus Stylops, living as a parasite in other insects, esp bees and wasps: the females remain in the body of the host but the males move between hosts
C19: New Latin, from Greek, from stulos a pillar + ōps an eye, from the fact that the male insect has stalked compound eyes
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Examples from the Web for stylops
The Stylops, being hatched while still in the body of the parent, is, therefore viviparous.
Seek now on the abdomen of various wild bees, such as Andrena, for that most eccentric of all our insects, the Stylops Childreni.
The early stages of this beetle have much affinity with those of the Stylops.
When the perfect bee emerges in the following spring, it bears the full-grown Stylops, protruding from the rings of its abdomen.
I have caught Andrenas with two Stylops in them, flying about as usual and apparently none the worse for their inmates.Wild Bees, Wasps and Ants