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Related to Bittacidae: hanging fly
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Noun1.Bittacidae - a family of predacious tropical insects of the order Mecoptera
Mecoptera, order Mecoptera - an order of carnivorous insects usually having long membranous wings and long beaklike heads with chewing mouths at the tip
hanging fly - any of various mecopterous insects of the family Bittacidae
family - (biology) a taxonomic group containing one or more genera; "sharks belong to the fish family"
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Kristensen [27] noted the character as potentially important for indicating whether an amphiesmenopteran of uncertain affinity was of the trichopteran lineage or not, but it is not a synapomorphy and is limited in its diagnostic use as it is homoplasious, having evolved separately in different lineages of Trichoptera, some mecopterans (e.g., Bittacidae), and some basal Mecopterida (Microptysmatidae).
Res., 29[degrees]03'S 29[degrees]24'E, 1440 m, 10.xii.1995, Londt, stream & forest edges (with prey: Mecoptera, Bittacidae, Bittacus nebulosus); 1 [male] Monk's Cowl Nat.
The most speciose families are Panorpidae and Bittacidae, which contain 90% of the species within this order (Byers and Thornhill, 1983; Dunford and Somma, 2008), while the family Meropeidae consists of two species (Byers, 1973; Dunford et al., 2008).