Definition of Order Mecoptera
1. Noun. An order of carnivorous insects usually having long membranous wings and long beaklike heads with chewing mouths at the tip.
Generic synonyms: Animal Order
Group relationships: Class Hexapoda, Class Insecta, Hexapoda, Insecta
Member holonyms: Mecopteran, Family Panorpidae, Panorpidae, Bittacidae, Family Bittacidae
Derivative terms: Mecopterous
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Lexicographical Neighbors of Order Mecoptera
Literary usage of Order Mecoptera
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. The Insect Book: A Popular Account of the Bees, Wasps, Ants, Grasshoppers by Leland Ossian Howard (1905)
"... THE SCORPION FLIES (order Mecoptera.) The curious insects of this order are ordinarily called scorpion flies, although this term applies strictly only ..."
2. Elementary Textbook of Economic Zoology and Entomology by Vernon Lyman Kellogg, Rennie Wilbur Doane (1915)
"order Mecoptera.—The order Mecoptera includes a few little-known insects called snow-fleas and scorpion-flies. The mouth-parts are of biting type, ..."
3. College zoology by Robert William Hegner (1918)
"... they capture and drink the blood of any ants that chance to slip down into the trap. FIG. s8i. — Order MECOPTERA. Scorpion fly, Panorpa communis, male. ..."
4. Insect Life: An Introduction to Nature-study and a Guide for Teachers by John Henry Comstock (1901)
"Order MECOPTERA (Me-cop'te-ra). The Scorpion-flies and Others. The members of this order have four wings; these are membranous and furnished with numerous ..."
5. Medical and Veterinary Entomology: A Textbook for Use in Schools and by William Brodbeck Herms (1915)
"order Mecoptera, — Scorpion flies, — mouth parts prolonged into a beak with mandibles at the tip ; complex metamorphosis. 12. ..."
6. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1899)
"The insects of the single family in the order Mecoptera are indifferent in their economic relations, though probably slightly beneficial. ..."