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National Insect Week returns in 2018

True flies

ORDER: DIPTERA

(Ancient Greek - di = sheath ; pteron = wing)

Recognised by having just one pair wings, the second pair are modified into halteres, which act as balancing organs

Insects in this order

  • Drone-fly

    The true flies (Diptera) include many well-known groups: e.g. mosquitoes, crane flies (‘daddy-longlegs’), midges, horseflies, bluebottles, and houseflies. They all have only one pair of membranous wings (the forewings), most of them have large eyes, and they do not have a narrow waist in the middle...

Did you know?

Thanatosis

'Thanatosis' is the scientific term for pretending to be dead, which is how many insects hide from predators.

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