(Ancient Greek - di = sheath ; pteron = wing)
Recognised by having just one pair wings, the second pair are modified into halteres, which act as balancing organs
Insects in this order
© Jessica Caterson Drone fly ( Eristalis tenax ) The true flies (Diptera) include many well-known groups: e.g. mosquitoes, crane flies (‘daddy-longlegs’), midges, horseflies, bluebottles, and houseflies. They all have only one pair of membranous wings (the forewings), most of them have large...
Tiger crane fly
Crane flies are delicate long legged flies. There are over 300 crane fly or 'daddy long-legs' species in the UK.