An order of insects that comprises the scorpionflies.
- ‘We have isolated and characterized the first LW opsin genes from two orders: Mecoptera and Siphonaptera.’
- ‘Additional specimens of Mecoptera are housed in the collections of the Maine State Forest Service, Insect and Disease Laboratory in Augusta; however, these specimens have not been identified.’
- ‘We disagree with the new classification of raptiped Mecoptera proposed by Bechly and Schweigert because of a different interpretation of the relationships of some fossil and recent genera.’
- ‘On the other hand, there was diverse evolution within the surviving orders, the Neuroptera, Mecoptera, and Diptera, and Coleoptera being notable examples.’
Modern Latin (plural), from Greek mēkos length + pteron wing.