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National Insect Week returns in 2022

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

    © Jessica Caterson Drone fly ( Eristalis tenax ) 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...
  • Tiger crane fly

    Crane flies are delicate long legged flies. There are over 300 crane fly or 'daddy long-legs' species in the UK.

Did you know?

Midge burgers

So many midges emerge in the rainy season from Lake Victoria, that they are made into burgers for humans!

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