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order Diptera


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n order Diptera a large order of insects having a single pair of wings and sucking or piercing mouths; includes true flies and mosquitoes and gnats and crane flies
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In literature:

The order Diptera is divided into sixty or more families, many of which contain species of considerable economic importance.
"Insects and Diseases" by Rennie W. Doane
With many writers it is customary to treat the fleas as a sub-order of Diptera, under the title Aphaniptera or Siphonaptera.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 5" by Various
The order Diptera contains a host of serious pests.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 10" by Various
Diptera of the sub-order Orthorrhapha occur in the Lias and Cyclorrhapha in the Kimmeridgian.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 4" by Various

In news:

Present a diversity of names and documents the importance of Diptera to man and reflects the range of organisms in the order.