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Related to neuropteran: order Neuroptera


 (no͝o-rŏp′tər-ən, nyo͝o-)
Any of various insects of the order Neuroptera, having large eyes, chewing mouthparts, and wings with many veins, and including the lacewings and antlions. The order formerly included other groups, such as the dobsonflies.

[From New Latin Neuroptera, order name : Greek neuron, vein, tendon; see neuron + Greek ptera, pl. of pteron, wing; see -pter.]

neu·rop′ter·an, neu·rop′ter·ous adj.


(njʊˈrɒptərən) or


n, pl -terans, -terons or -tera (-tərə)
(Animals) any neuropterous insect


(nʊˈrɒp tər ən, nyʊ-)

1. any insect of the order Neuroptera, characterized by four net-veined wings: includes the lacewings and ant lions.
2. Also, neu•rop′ter•ous. belonging or pertaining to the neuropterans.
[1835–45; < New Latin Neuropter(a), neuter pl. of neuropterus nerve-winged (see neuro-, -pterous) + -an1]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.neuropteran - insect having biting mouthparts and four large membranous wings with netlike veins
insect - small air-breathing arthropod
Neuroptera, order Neuroptera - an order of insects including: lacewings; antlions; dobsonflies; alderflies; fish flies; mantispids; spongeflies
antlion fly, ant lion, antlion - winged insect resembling a dragonfly; the larvae (doodlebugs) dig conical pits where they wait to catch e.g. ants
lacewing, lacewing fly - any of two families of insects with gauzy wings (Chrysopidae and Hemerobiidae); larvae feed on insect pests such as aphids
Corydalus cornutus, dobson fly, dobsonfly, dobson - large soft-bodied insect having long slender mandibles in the male; aquatic larvae often used as bait
fish fly, fish-fly - similar to but smaller than the dobsonfly; larvae are used as fishing bait
alder fly, alderfly, Sialis lutaria - dark-colored insect having predaceous aquatic larvae
snakefly - predatory insect of western North America having a long necklike prothorax
mantispid - insect that resembles a mantis; larvae are parasites in the nests of spiders and wasps
spongefly, spongillafly - hairy-bodied insect whose larvae feed on freshwater sponges
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Cohen (1993, 1995) explained the extra-oral digestive nature of feeding by Neuropteran predators; predators such as C.
Among three neuropteran families considered to be related to Chrysopidae [5, 6, 27, 28], the T9 and ectoproct are separate in Polystoechotidae and variable (fused or unfused) in Hemerobiidae and Osmylidae [27, 29-32].
The species Chrysoperla externa (Hagen) (Neuroptera: Chrysopidae) is the most studied neuropteran predator in Brazil, occurring in diverse crops, with high predatory capacity.