Definitions

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  • proper n. A taxonomic order within the superorder Endopterygota — the true flies.

Etymologies

Ancient Greek δίπτερα, from δι- + πτερόν, two wings. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Unlike most insects, which have four wings, the flies, as their Latin name Diptera suggests, have only two.

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  • Secondly, from the apparent progress of many animals to greater perfection, as in some insects, as the flies with two wings, termed Diptera; which have rudiments of two other wings, called halteres, or poisers; and in many flowers which have rudiments of new stamina, or filaments without anthers on them.

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  • Also, that wasn't a fly it was a mosquito but they are both in the order Diptera so you got pretty close. ricardian

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  • “As in a hairy-legged, two-winged, compound-eyed insect of the order Diptera?”

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  • Insects are the most diverse group of arctic animals; of approximately 3300 arctic species, about 50% are Diptera, 10% are beetles (Coleoptera), 10% are butterflies (Lepidoptera), and 10% are Hymenoptera.

    Implications of current species distributions for future biotic change in the Arctic

  • Some Diptera (flies) may be the main pollinators in higher elevations of mountains whereas '' Bombus '' species are the only pollinators among Apoidea in alpine regions at timberline and beyond.

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  • It's an article about Thalia dealbata being a death trap for flies of the order Diptera and some Lepidoptera and Hymenoptera.

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  • H. L. Disney and D. H. Kistner, ‘Revision of the termitophilous Thaumatoxeninae (Diptera: Phoridae)’, Journal of Natural History (1992) 26: 953–91.

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  • ‘The gyroscopic mechanism of the halteres of Diptera’, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, Series B,Biological Sciences , 223, 347–84.

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  • Invertebrate stocks that colonized Ascension underwent a variety of evolutionary changes including phyletic evolution leading to endemic status, adaptation to subterranean life (Araneae, Pseudoscorpiones, Collembola, and Psocoptera), character release (phorid Diptera), and probably splitting of lineages (speciation) within the island (Isopoda, Collembola, and gryllid Orthoptera).

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