mecopteran


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me·cop·ter·an

 (mĭ-kŏp′tər-ən)
n.
Any of various carnivorous insects of the order Mecoptera, which includes the scorpionflies, characterized by long membranous wings and an elongated beaklike head having chewing mouthparts at the tip.

[From New Latin Mēcoptera, order name : Greek mēkos, length; see māk- in Indo-European roots + Greek ptera, pl. of pteron, wing; see pet- in Indo-European roots.]

me·cop′ter·ous adj.
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Noun1.mecopteran - any of various carnivorous insects of the order Mecopteramecopteran - any of various carnivorous insects of the order Mecoptera
insect - small air-breathing arthropod
Mecoptera, order Mecoptera - an order of carnivorous insects usually having long membranous wings and long beaklike heads with chewing mouths at the tip
scorpion fly - any of various mecopterous insects of the family Panorpidae of the northern hemisphere having a long beak and long antennae; males have a tail like that of a scorpion except it is not venomous
hanging fly - any of various mecopterous insects of the family Bittacidae
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The family Necrotauliidae was erected by Handlirsch [7], who described the genus Necrotaulius with seven species, five of which were new, plus two British species named by Giebel [8] that were transferred from the mecopteran (scorpionfly) genus Orthophlebia, and the genus Mesotrichopteridium with one species, M.
Feeding preferences are unknown, although they may be attracted to carrion [2] similar to another mecopteran, Notiothauma reedi McLachlan, 1877, which has been reported from vertebrate carrion [24].