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Any of numerous insects of the order Diptera, characterized by a single pair of membranous wings and a pair of club-shaped balancing organs, and including the housefly and the mosquitoes.

[From New Latin Diptera, order name, from Greek dipteros, having two wings : di-, two; see di-1 + pteron, wing; see -pter.]

dip′ter·an adj.
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(ˈdɪptərən) or


(Animals) any dipterous insect
1. (Animals) another word for dipterous1
2. (Botany) another word for dipterous1
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(ˈdɪp tər ən)

any insect of the order Diptera, including mosquitoes, gnats, and most flies, having one pair of wings for flying and a second pair reduced to small knobs for balancing.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dipteran - 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 piercingdipteran - 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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our study considered dipteran prey at the family level, showing that finer taxonomic analysis might produce a better understanding of patterns of consumption of prey by this plant.
Also the binding interactions of individual residues with different lepidopteran and dipteran receptors have been predicted.
Most of the specimens collected were dipteran. Dipterans were collected most frequently from the raccoon carcass (spring; N = 645 larvae, 63 adults) and were observed least frequently from the coyote carcass (winter; N = 72 larvae, 34 adults) (Figs.
During 2005, lizards consumed significantly greater proportions of ants (P = 0.004), Coleopteran (P = 0.041) and Dipteran (P = 0.001) insects than lizards in 2004 (Tables 1, 2).
IGRs were introduced in the late 1970s and have been widely used for control of dipteran pests worldwide.
Species from at least 23 dipteran families exploit carrion as a food source, of which Calliphoridae, Sarcophagidae, Muscidae and Fanniidae are the most important (Savage 2002).
Abstract: Dipteran parasitoidism on larvae of Caligo atreus (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae) in Cartago, Costa Rica.
Numerically, the most important of these were the dipteran families Chironomidae (midges; 4.1%) and Culicidae (mosquitoes; 2.7%).