Definition of Diptera in English:

Diptera

plural noun

Biology
  • 1A large order of insects that comprises the two-winged or true flies, which have the hindwings reduced to form balancing organs (halteres). It includes many biting forms such as mosquitoes and tsetse flies that are vectors of disease.

    • ‘The leaf mining habit is known to have evolved only in four extant orders of insects: the Coleoptera, Diptera, Hymenoptera and Lepidoptera.’
    • ‘Pollination in I. floridanum is affected by litter-dwelling insects to include Diptera and Coleoptera.’
    • ‘Diets of little brown myotis and eastern pipistrelles were highly diverse, consuming an even proportion of six orders of insects including Coleoptera, Hemiptera, Lepidoptera, Homoptera, Diptera, Hymenoptera, and Tricoptera.’
    • ‘The staminate and pistillate flowers of S. mucugensis and S. curralensis were visited by insects belonging to three orders: Coleoptera, Diptera, and Hymenoptera.’
    • ‘The species of insects studied prior to this study were from 11 orders, but the vast majority were from four orders: Lepidoptera, Diptera, Hymenoptera, and Hemiptera.’
    1. 1.1Insects of the order Diptera; flies.
      ‘many diptera bask in sunlight’
      • ‘Small flowers and red petals suggest pollination by small diptera or lepidoptera, but the flowers do not appear to produce nectar.’
      • ‘We hypothesize that the Drosophila Adh gene may not be orthologous with the other known Adh genes of higher diptera.’
      • ‘The final species, Asclepias cucullata, is infrequently visited by Diptera, bees and other insects.’

Origin

Modern Latin (plural), from Greek diptera, neuter plural of dipteros two-winged, from di- two + pteron wing.

Pronunciation:

Diptera

/ˈdɪpt(ə)rə/