2 winged true flies

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photo by: Lisa Robinson

Order Diptera – 2 winged true flies

Diptera means “ two wing”


  • Have only 1 pair of wings (forewings)
  • The 2nd pair of wings is absent, or reduced to small knobbed balancing organ.
  • Membranous forewings usually translucent with relatively few veins.
  • Prevalent in most habitats and are often the first flying insects to emerge in spring
  • Usually day active; feed on a wide variety of plants and animal fluids
  • Mouthparts modified for feeding on liquids by piercing, sucking, lapping, or sponging.