dipterous insect

Definitions of dipterous insect
  1. noun
    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
    synonyms: dipteran, dipteron, two-winged insects
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    gall gnat, gall midge, gallfly
    fragile mosquito-like flies that produce galls on plants
    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
    two-winged insect whose female has a long proboscis to pierce the skin and suck the blood of humans and animals
    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
    Hessian fly, Mayetiola destructor
    small fly whose larvae damage wheat and other grains
    Musca domestica, house fly, housefly
    common fly that frequents human habitations and spreads many diseases
    glossina, tsetse, tsetse fly, tzetze, tzetze fly
    bloodsucking African fly; transmits sleeping sickness etc.
    blow fly, blowfly
    large usually hairy metallic blue or green fly; lays eggs in carrion or dung or wounds
    Sarcophaga carnaria, flesh fly
    fly whose larvae feed on carrion or the flesh of living animals
    tachina fly
    bristly fly whose larvae live parasitically in caterpillars and other insects; important in control of noxious insects
    any of various large flies that annoy livestock
    bee fly
    hairy nectar-eating fly that resembles a bee; larvae are parasitic on larvae of bees and related insects
    Rhagoletis pomonella, apple maggot, railroad worm
    larvae bore into and feed on apples
    Ceratitis capitata, Mediterranean fruit fly, medfly
    small black-and-white fly that damages citrus and other fruits by implanting eggs that hatch inside the fruit
    Drosophila melanogaster, drosophila
    small fruit fly used by Thomas Hunt Morgan in studying basic mechanisms of inheritance
    vinegar fly
    flies whose larvae feed on pickles and imperfectly sealed preserves
    Hippobosca equina, horse tick, horsefly
    winged fly parasitic on horses
    Melophagus Ovinus, sheep ked, sheep tick, sheep-tick
    wingless fly that is an external parasite on sheep and cattle
    Haematobia irritans, horn fly
    small black European fly introduced into North America; sucks blood from cattle especially at the base of the horn
    (British usage) mosquito
    Aedes aegypti, yellow-fever mosquito
    mosquito that transmits yellow fever and dengue
    Aedes albopictus, Asian tiger mosquito
    striped native of Japan thriving in southwestern and midwestern United States and spreading to the Caribbean; potential carrier of serious diseases
    any mosquito of the genus Anopheles
    malaria mosquito, malarial mosquito
    transmits the malaria parasite
    Culex pipiens, common mosquito
    common house mosquito
    Culex fatigans, Culex quinquefasciatus
    widespread tropical mosquito that transmits filarial worms
    biting midge, no-see-um, punkey, punkie, punky
    minute two-winged insect that sucks the blood of mammals and birds and other insects
    minute two-winged mosquito-like fly lacking biting mouthparts; appear in dancing swarms especially near water
    a fly of the family Psychodidae
    Phlebotomus papatasii, sand fly, sandfly
    any of various small dipterous flies; bloodsucking females can transmit sandfly fever and leishmaniasis
    larva of fungus gnat that feed on cereals and other grains; they march in large companies in regular order when the food is exhausted
    black fly, blackfly, buffalo gnat
    small blackish stout-bodied biting fly having aquatic larvae; sucks the blood of birds as well as humans and other mammals
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    small air-breathing arthropod
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