Definition of snake fly in English:

snake fly


  • A slender woodland insect with transparent wings and a long ‘neck’ which allows the head to be raised above the body.

    • ‘Some other desert insects we've come across include the ant-lion, darkling beetle, velvet-ant and snake fly.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’