/ (ˈstaɪlɒps) /

nounplural -lopes (-ləˌpiːz)
  1. 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

Origin of stylops

C19: New Latin, from Greek, from stulos a pillar + ōps an eye, from the fact that the male insect has stalked compound eyes

Words Nearby stylops

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How to use stylops in a sentence

  • The eyes, the facettes of which are few in number, are placed on a footstalk, whence the name of the genus stylops.

    The Insect World | Louis Figuier
  • Packard describes the curious history of the female stylops, which he found parasitic on one of the bees.

    The Insect World | Louis Figuier
  • 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 | Edward Saunders
  • The stylops, being hatched while still in the body of the parent, is, therefore viviparous.

    Our Common Insects | Alpheus Spring Packard