Xenos (insect)

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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Strepsiptera
Family: Stylopidae
Subfamily: Xeninae
Genus: Xenos

Xenos is a genus of insects belonging to the family Stylopidae. The word derives from the Greek word for strange.[1] A species of the genus is Xenos vesparum, first described by Pietro Rossi in 1793[2][3]The females are permanent entomophagous endoparasites of Polistes paper wasps. They dwell their whole lives in the abdomens of wasps.


  1. ^ Craig, John (1859). "A new universal etymological technological, and pronouncing dictionary of the English language". Routledge. p. 1090. 
  2. ^ R. Dallai, L. Beani, J. Kathirithamby, P. Lupetti and B. A. Afzelius (2003), "New findings on sperm ultrastructure of Xenos vesparum (Rossi) (Strepsiptera, Insecta)", Tissue and Cell, 35 (1): 19, doi:10.1016/S0040-8166(02)00099-X, PMID 12589726 
  3. ^ Fabiola Giusti, Luigi Dallai, Laura Beani, Fabio Manfredini and Romano Dallai (2007), "The midgut ultrastructure of the endoparasite Xenos vesparum (Rossi) (Insecta, Strepsiptera) during post-embryonic development and stable carbon isotopic analyses of the nutrient uptake", Arthropod Structure & Development, 36 (2): 183, doi:10.1016/j.asd.2007.01.001, PMID 18089098