from The Century Dictionary.
- An order of the class Insecta, founded by Linnæus in 1748.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- proper noun plural (Zoöl.) An order of hexapod insects having two pairs of large, membranous, net-veined wings. The mouth organs are adapted for chewing. They feed upon other insects, and undergo a complete metamorphosis. The ant-lion, hellgamite, and lacewing fly are examples. Formerly, the name was given to a much more extensive group, including the true Neuroptera and the Pseudoneuroptera.
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- proper noun A taxonomic
orderwithin the superorder Neuropterida— the lacewingsand related insects.
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- noun an order of insects including: lacewings; antlions; dobsonflies; alderflies; fish flies; mantispids; spongeflies
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The Neuroptera, called Spongillaflies for their favorite food, are often paired with the Megaloptera in discussions of aquatic insects because of their similar lifestyles.
This attribute is typical of all Neuroptera, but is not found in any other group of insects.
Neuroptera: nerve-winged: an ordinal term applied to insects with four net-veined wings; mouth mandibulate: head free: thorax loosely agglutinated; metamorphosis complete: in its older use, the term applied to all net-veined insects irrespective of metamorphosis or thoracic structure.
In setting the larger beetles, as well as the various thick-bodied insects, belonging to the orders Orthoptera, Neuroptera, Diptera, and
Practical Taxidermy A manual of instruction to the amateur in collecting, preserving, and setting up natural history specimens of all kinds. To which is added a chapter upon the pictorial arrangement of museums. With additional instructions in modelling and artistic taxidermy.
Hemiptera and Neuroptera, and to refer me to literature where explanations of other special terms could be found.
Apart from this feature the Trichoptera also differ from the typical Neuroptera in the relatively simple, mostly longitudinal neuration of the wings, the absence or obsolescence of the mandibles and the semi-haustellate nature of the rest of the mouth-parts.
They found in its mouth the buccal pieces of the Neuroptera, and, under the carapax, five pairs of branchial tufts attached to the segments that are invisible outwardly.
This insect is said to be, probably, one of the Neuroptera or
Coleoptera, the Neuroptera, the Hymenoptera no doubt occasion, in some of their forms at least, much damage to our crops.
CADDIS-FLY and CADDIS-WORM, the name given to insects with a superficial resemblance to moths, sometimes referred to the Neuroptera, sometimes to a special order, the Trichoptera, in allusion to the hairy clothing of the body and wings.