Definition of snake fly in English:

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snake fly

noun

A slender woodland insect with transparent wings and a long “neck” that allows the head to be raised above the body.
  • Family Raphidiidae, order Neuroptera: Raphidia and other genera
Example sentences
  • 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.
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