NeuropteraNeu*rop"te*ra\, n. pl. [Nl., fr. gr. ? nerve + ? a wing, fr. ? to fly.] (Zo["o]l.) An order of hexapod insects having two pairs of large, membranous, net-veined wings. The mouth organs are adapted for chewing. They feed upon other insects, and undergo a complete metamorphosis. The ant-lion, hellgamite, and lacewing fly are examples. Formerly, the name was given to a much more extensive group, including the true Neuroptera and the Pseudoneuroptera.
|an order of insects including: lacewings; antlions; dobsonflies; alderflies; fish flies; mantispids; spongeflies|