(Greek, di = twice; pteron = wing)
Common Names: flies, crane flies, mosquitoes, midges
Distribution: Cosmopolitan
Suborders: Nematocera and Brachycera

Diptera is one of the three largest orders of insects, and flies are increasingly dominant at higher latitudes. Flies are incredibly diverse, and the images here are merely meant to touch upon some of the extremes of that diversity. Most flies are easily recognized by the reduction of the hind wings to halters (knobs on short stems), but a few species lack the other pair of wings as well.

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