noun plural -lopes (-ləˌpiːz)

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

Word Origin for stylops

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

Historical Examples of stylops

  • The Stylops, being hatched while still in the body of the parent, is, therefore viviparous.

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  • Seek now on the abdomen of various wild bees, such as Andrena, for that most eccentric of all our insects, the Stylops Childreni.

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  • 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.