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pl n
(Zoology) a large order of insects having a single pair of wings and sucking or piercing mouthparts. The group includes flies, mosquitoes, craneflies, and midges


(ˈdɪp tər ə, -trə)

the order comprising the dipterous insects.
[1810–20; < New Latin < Greek, neuter pl. of dípteros two-winged]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Diptera - a large order of insects having a single pair of wings and sucking or piercing mouthsDiptera - a large order of insects having a single pair of wings and sucking or piercing mouths; includes true flies and mosquitoes and gnats and crane flies
animal order - the order of animals
class Hexapoda, class Insecta, Hexapoda, Insecta - insects; about five-sixths of all known animal species
dipteran, dipteron, dipterous insect, two-winged insects - insects having usually a single pair of functional wings (anterior pair) with the posterior pair reduced to small knobbed structures and mouth parts adapted for sucking or lapping or piercing
Muscoidea, superfamily Muscoidea - two-winged flies especially the families: Muscidae; Gasterophilidae; Calliphoridae; Tachinidae
family Muscidae, Muscidae - two-winged flies especially the housefly
fly - two-winged insects characterized by active flight
family Glossinidae, Glossinidae - flies closely related to the Muscidae: tsetse flies
family Tachinidae, Tachinidae - parasites on other insects
Cuterebridae, family Cuterebridae - New World botflies
Asilidae, family Asilidae - robber flies
family Hippoboscidae, Hippoboscidae - winged or wingless dipterans: louse flies
genus Haematobia, Haematobia - European genus of bloodsucking flies
Nematocera, suborder Nematocera - mosquitoes; fungus gnats; crane flies; gnats; sand flies
family Simuliidae, Simuliidae - blackflies and sand flies


plDipteren pl (spec), → Zweiflügler pl
References in classic literature ?
Even in the upper and damp region I procured very few, excepting some minute Diptera and Hymenoptera, mostly of common mundane forms.
Erica McAlister is curator of Diptera at the Natural History Museum, London.
Background: This study is the first evaluation of Diptera successional pattern on a killed boarin a semi-arid environment Bordj Bou Arreridj during the summer 2013.
A Catalogue of the Diptera of the Americas South of the United States.
Diptera ectoparasites were retrieved with care from the bird's body surface, preserved in 70% ethanol, and labeled with the field and host information.
Eupeodes corollae Fabricius and Eupeodes latifasciatus Macquart are the members of aphidophagus genus Eupeodes Osten Sacken belongs to order Diptera.
Los Tachinidae conforman una de las mas grandes familias de Diptera, y sus especies se agrupan en cuatro subfamilias: Phasiinae (incluyendo las tribus Trichopodini y Cylindromyiini), Dexiinae, Exoristinae y Tachininae (Wood, 1987).
Dentro de estos ultimos citan 14 especies pertenecientes a Coleoptera (Histeridae, Passalidae, Scarabeidae, Staphylinidae y Tenebrionidae), Hemiptera (Cydnidae) y Diptera (Muscidae) mediante recopilacion de diversa literatura (ver tambien a REICHENSPERGER, 1938, 1939; STAHEL & GEIJSKES, 1939).
These modifications may alter communities composition and population dynamics of several organisms, including Diptera related to transmission of human diseases, like Culicidae (PAULA & GOMES, 2007), Psychodidae (Phlebotominae) (REZENDE et al.
Food habits for each species were similar, with the largest percentage of the diet composed of zooplankton (Cladocera) and non-culicid diptera (Chironomidae and Ceratopagonidae).