“People speak sometimes about the ‘bestial’ cruelty of man, but that is terribly unjust and offensive to beasts, no animal could ever be so cruel as a man, so artfully, so artistically cruel.
(Dostoyevsky- The Brothers Karamazov)”
…is a species of Strepsipteran (twisted wing insect) that occurs in parts of Europe, notably Belgium, England and Spain. Like all twisted wing insects Stylops melittae is a parasite and mainly parasitizes sand bees of the genus Andrena. Female S. melittae will birth a large number of larvae which are strewn about on flowers. They will then be delivered with the pollen into the bee’s nest. They will then penetrate into the bees larvae and will feed in the host. After a few moltings they will establish themselves in the abdomen, with their anterior portion breaking between the abdominal segments. Female S. melittae will remain all their lives in this state and will be visited by males for copulation.
Thin section of a dinosaur bone preserved in clear agate
Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), Rochester, New York, USA