diptera definition

  • noun-plural:
    • An extensive order of insects having only two functional wings and two balancers, as the house fly, mosquito, etc. They have a suctorial proboscis, often including two pairs of sharp organs (mandibles and maxillæ) with which they pierce the skin of animals. They undergo a complete metamorphosis, their larvæ (called maggots) being usually without feet.
    • An extensive order of insects having only two functional wings and two balancers, as the house fly, mosquito, etc. They have a suctorial proboscis, often including two pairs of sharp organs (mandibles and maxillæ) with which they pierce the skin of animals. They undergo a complete metamorphosis, their larvæ (called maggots) being usually without feet.
  • others:
    • An order of metabolous hexapod pests.
    • [l. c] Plural of dipteron.
    • An order of metabolous hexapod bugs.
    • [l. c] Plural of dipteron.
  • noun:
    • a sizable order of insects having one set of wings and drawing or piercing mouths; includes true flies and mosquitoes and gnats and crane flies
    • a large order of pests having one pair of wings and drawing or piercing mouths; includes true flies and mosquitoes and gnats and crane flies

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