two-winged insects


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Noun1.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 piercingtwo-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
haltere, balancer, halter - either of the rudimentary hind wings of dipterous insects; used for maintaining equilibrium during flight
insect - small air-breathing arthropod
Diptera, order Diptera - 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
gall gnat, gall midge, gallfly - fragile mosquito-like flies that produce galls on plants
fly - two-winged insects characterized by active flight
bee killer, robber fly - swift predatory fly having a strong body like a bee with the proboscis hardened for sucking juices of other insects captured on the wing
fruit fly, pomace fly - any of numerous small insects whose larvae feed on fruits
hippoboscid, louse fly - bloodsucking dipterous fly parasitic on birds and mammals
mosquito - two-winged insect whose female has a long proboscis to pierce the skin and suck the blood of humans and animals
gnat - any of various small biting flies: midges; biting midges; black flies; sand flies
fungus gnat - mosquito-like insect whose larvae feed on fungi or decaying vegetation
fungus gnat, sciara, sciarid - minute blackish gregarious flies destructive to mushrooms and seedlings
crane fly, daddy longlegs - long-legged slender flies that resemble large mosquitoes but do not bite
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1 : any of a large group of mostly stout-bodied two-winged insects (as the housefly)
Morphologically two-winged insects have a single pair of well-developed wings.
An example of functionally two-winged insects flying with the help of the hind wings is given by Cicindela beetles (Coleoptera: Carabidae).