alderfly

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Related to Alderflies: Sialidae, dobsonflies

al·der·fly

 (ôl′dər-flī′)
n.
Any of various insects of the family Sialidae, having two pairs of dark many-veined wings, long antennae, and aquatic larvae.

[Probably so called because the mature insects can be found resting on foliage in the moist habitats near lakes and streams where alders typically grow.]

alderfly

(ˈɔːldəˌflaɪ)
n
(Animals) any of various neuropterous insects of the widely distributed group Sialoidea, such as Sialis lutaria, that have large broad-based hind wings, produce aquatic larvae, and occur near water
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.alderfly - dark-colored insect having predaceous aquatic larvaealderfly - dark-colored insect having predaceous aquatic larvae
neuropteran, neuropteron, neuropterous insect - insect having biting mouthparts and four large membranous wings with netlike veins
genus Sialis, Sialis - type genus of the Sialidae
Translations
sialis
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