snakefly

snakefly

[sneyk-flahy]
noun, plural snakeflies.
any neuropterous insect of the family Raphidiidae, of western North America, having an elongated prothorax resembling a neck.

Origin:
1660–70; snake + fly2

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snakefly

any of more than 175 species of insects that are easily recognized by their small head and long, slender "neck," which is actually the elongated prothorax. The snakefly, about 15 mm (0.6 inch) long, has two pairs of similar, net-veined wings, long antennae, and chewing mouthparts. The female has a long ovipositor for laying eggs

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