two-winged insects


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n two-winged insects 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
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In literature:

She dreamed that her two new friends, the flies, returned, accompanied by an innumerable troop of winged insects.
"Piccolissima" by Eliza Lee Follen
The two-winged flies, in their behavior to man, stand in a marked contrast to all the other orders of insects.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 303" by Various
An order of Insects characterised by the possession of two wings.
"The Ancient Life History of the Earth" by Henry Alleyne Nicholson
The butterfly has two pairs of wings; the fly is a good example of an insect which has but one pair.
"Chatterbox, 1905." by Various
In the early spring small two-winged insects issue from these scales.
"Apple Growing" by M. C. Burritt
First, the low-flying beetles, bees and two-winged insects.
"The Thing in the Attic" by James Benjamin Blish
For the most part these insect parasites are small four-winged flies, although many of them are two-winged flies.
"Butterflies Worth Knowing" by Clarence M. Weed
This order includes all the true flies or insects having but two wings.
"Great Hike" by Alan Douglas
This insect has two upper wings pretty solid: they are green like the rest of the body, except that there is in each a little white spot.
"Thalaba the Destroyer" by Robert Southey
These portraits are of a few only of the vast myriads of forms of two-winged insects which haunt the world.
"Book of Monsters" by David Fairchild and Marian Hubbard (Bell) Fairchild