Sexually transmitted diseases STDs of insects are known from the mites, nematodes, fungi, protists and viruses. In total 73 species of parasite and pathogen from approximately species of host have been reported. Whereas nearly all vertebrate STDs are viruses or bacteria, the majority of insect STDs are multicellular ectoparasites, protistans or fungi. Insect STDs display a range of transmission modes, with 'pure' sexual transmission only described from ectoparasites, all of which are mites, fungi or nematodes, whereas the microparasitic endo-parasites tend to show vertical as well as sexual transmission. The distribution of STDs within taxa of insect hosts appears to be related to the life histories of the hosts. In particular, STDs will not be able to persist if host adult generations do not overlap unless they are also transmitted by some alternative route.
Types of STIs
Insect STDs | Parasite Ecology
Should we scoff at such sensationalism? Well, the red-tops are mostly correct. Except for the havoc bit. There are plenty of ladybirds about this autumn and many are flying into our homes. Unlike our native letterbox-red ladybirds , these creatures are often orange or yellow and possessing many spots, or none. These multi-hued, home-loving ladybirds are harlequins.
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
Please come see us if you think you may have an STD or you want to discuss reducing your risk of infection. Crabs are very small bugs that attach themselves to your pubic hair and bite your skin. Scabies are bugs that dig under your skin where they lay their eggs, often in the genital area. Crabs and scabies both cause extreme itching and can be hard to see. They are passed from one person to another during sex, but can also be transmitted by having contact with clothes, bedding, and towels that were used by an infected person.