Definitions of neuropteran
  1. noun
    insect having biting mouthparts and four large membranous wings with netlike veins
    synonyms: neuropteron, neuropterous insect
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    ant lion, antlion, antlion fly
    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, dobson fly, dobsonfly
    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
    Sialis lutaria, alder fly, alderfly
    dark-colored insect having predaceous aquatic larvae
    predatory insect of western North America having a long necklike prothorax
    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
    chrysopid, green lacewing, stink fly
    pale green unpleasant-smelling lacewing fly having carnivorous larvae
    brown lacewing, hemerobiid, hemerobiid fly
    small dark-colored lacewing fly
    type of:
    small air-breathing arthropod
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