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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.
Prey taxon Immature Female Male Unidentified prey items 1 2 Diptera, Nematocera 2 1 Diptera, Culicidae 1 Diptera, Eristalis sp.
This paper is a report of a baseline study conducted on the Order Diptera (flies), which was conducted during the early part of the rainy season in the dry tropical forest of the Yucatan Peninsula, an area which is largely biologically unexplored.
Hill and Cermak (1997) found nearly 30-fold greater abundance of Diptera at ground level vs.
The first volume of two, the text is made up of 49 sections, each on a separate genus, with introductory chapters on diptera, adult morphology and terminology, natural history, and phylogeny.
Feeding activities of some blood sucking Diptera with reference to vertical distribution in bottomland forest.
Scanning microscopy of eggs allows the separation of Diptera species (Salkeld 1980; Kula 1988; Kuznetsov 1988; Linley and Chadee 1990; Sahlen 1990; Mouzaki and others 1991; Feliciangeli and others 1993; Greenberg and Singh 1995; Service and others 1997; Suludere and others 2000a,b; Choochote and others 2001).
Orders of arachnids and insects represented in the sampling included: Araneae, Coleoptera, Collembola, Diptera, Hemiptera, Homoptera, Hymenoptera, Neuroptera, Orthoptera, Thysanoptera, and Lepidoptera.
Indeed, he subsequently sent us documents for our research on Afrotropical Diptera and the Sciomyzidae.
Glick (1939) reported Diptera were nearly three times more abundant than insects belonging to any other Order at elevations from 30 to 60 m while there is a greater proportion of larger and, presumably, slower flying insects nearer the ground (Johnson 1969).