Definition of snake fly in English:

Share this entry

snake fly

noun

A slender woodland insect with transparent wings and a long ‘neck’ which 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.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: snake fly

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.