two-winged insects

Definitions of two-winged insects
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n 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, dipterous insect
Types:
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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
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
gadfly
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
gnat
(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
anopheline
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
midge
minute two-winged mosquito-like fly lacking biting mouthparts; appear in dancing swarms especially near water
psychodid
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
armyworm
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
Type of:
insect
small air-breathing arthropod

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