Everything About Neuroptera

Neuroptera


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Neuroptera, widespread insect order containing about 4700 species, including the antlions, lacewings, and Dobsonflies. The neuropterans are the most primitive, unspecialized insects to undergo a complete metamorphosis in their development.
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The larvae have biting or piercing and sucking mouthparts. The larvae of some species are aquatic and have gills.
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Many adult neuropterans are predaceous. They have two similar pairs of delicate membranous wings with an extensive network of veins. The name of the order is Greek for "nerve-winged."
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