One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A slender woodland insect with transparent wings and a long ‘neck’ which allows the head to be raised above the body.
Family Raphidiidae, order Neuroptera: Raphidia and other genera
- ‘The Neuroptera are divided into two sub-orders, snake flies and alder flies are in the sub-order Megaloptera, and lacewings and ant lions are in the sub-order Planipennia.’
- ‘Some other desert insects we've come across include the ant-lion, darkling beetle, velvet-ant and snake fly.’
- ‘Considered by some scientists to be a suborder within Neuroptera, snake flies (also called camel-neck flies) are amongst the most primitive of insects, probably arising as early as 300 million years ago.’
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