Flies – Diptera Pictures & Bio

Diptera means two wings; di = two, ptera = wings. Flies do very well with their single pair of fore wings. The hind pair are often reduced to a couple of knob-like balance organs.

Members of this Order of insects are extremely diverse. Many are small and agile flies as their name suggests. Some flies carry the tainted reputation for being carriers of disease such as malaria and yellow fever. Fly groups include crane flies, midges, gnats, mosquitos, black flies, horse flies, window flies, robber flies, bee flies, house flies, fruit flies, shore flies, dung flies, flesh flies and many others.

Bee Fly

Bee flies are well adapted to feeding on the nectar reserves of flowers. Read More

Shore Flies

These brine flies are found in the millions along the shores of Mono Lake in Northern California. Read More

Crane Fly

Crane fly adults only live for a couple of days and do not usually feed. Their larval stages are usually aquatic. Read More

Robber Fly

Robber flies are not to be trifled with. Capable of immobilizing bees, wasps and other insects larger than itself, robberflies catch their prey in mid air. Read More


Mosquitoes are members of the insect order Diptera along with flies and gnats. In fact, the name mosquito comes from the Spanish word that means small fly. Read More

Dung Fly

This Brazilian dung fly was close to its egg laying goal after locating dropping on the forest floor. Read More

Blow Fly

Flies are an extremely diverse group of insects and have adapted to exploit numerous environments. Read More

Tiger Mosquito – Aedes albopictus

This mosquito and a related species serve as a vector for Dengue fever virus. Mosquito larvae are aquatic, feeding on algae and organic debris. Read More