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Characteristics of Neuropterans
Examples Fishflies, antlions
Wings 4; Hind wings as large as Fore wings
Mouth Parts Chewing
Usual Number of Tarsal Segments 5
Metamorphosis Complete Metamorphosis
Usual Size Medium to large
Where usually found On vegetation or near water

All members of order Neuroptera have four wings, which are held over the body at rest. They have long antennae and are the first insect order to have complete metamorphosis.

This order of insects helps cut down on pests such as aphids and also acts as a food source for freshwater fish in their larval stage.

Most of the members of this order are terrible fliers, and most also feed on smaller insects.

The three suborders of Neuroptera are defined based on their wing structure. These three suborders are: Megaloptera, Raphidiodea, and Planipennia.