Diptera basically stands for “two-wings” in Greek. Members of Diptera possess a pair of wings plus a pair of halteres evolved from the hindwing. Halteres are knob structures that help flies stay balanced during flight. Most flies have two large and prominent compound eyes.
Flies occur in various forms but most undergo complete metamorphosis and thus display a life cycle consisting of 4 stages- eggs, larva (also called maggot), pupa and adult.
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** Identification of the subjects in this page are tentative and should be taken with a pinch of salt.