Definition of neuropteran in English:


Line breaks: neur|op¦ter¦an
Pronunciation: /njʊˈrɒpt(ə)rən, njʊəˈrɒpt(ə)rən


  • A predatory flying insect of the order Neuroptera, such as a lacewing or alderfly.
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    • Zygopterans and tabanids were absent, and coleopterans, neuropterans, trichopterans, hemipterans (true bugs), and anisopterans were rare.
    • The first neuropterans are believed to have appeared during the Permian, almost 300 million years ago.
    • Because of this, some neuropterans have been successfully used in the biological control of crop pests.


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  • Relating to or denoting neuropterans.
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    • These have been neglected in studies on neuropteran anatomy, and many aspects of their biology are likewise obscure.
    • There are two different kinds of neuropteran eye, with and without distal rhabdomeres, which can be expected on anatomical grounds to function differently.



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  • Snyder reported a strange neuropterous larva which he found in a termite colony at Falls Church, Va., in 1918.
  • Research Emphases are: geological record of neuropterous insects, integration of fossil and living taxa into combined phylogenetic analyses.
  • Biological control of aphids using neuropterous insect (Chrysopa nipponensis Okamoto) larvae was investigated.

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