What is the difference between Flies and Insects?

The difference between flies and insects

is that “flies” is any insect of the order Diptera; characterized by having two wings , also called true flies and “insects” is an arthropod in the class Insecta, characterized by six legs, up to four wings, and a chitinous exoskeleton.

flies

insects

Noun

  • (zoology) Any insect of the order Diptera; characterized by having two wings (except for some wingless species), also called true flies.
  • (non-technical) Especially, any of the insects of the family Muscidae, such as the common housefly (other families of Diptera include mosquitoes and midges).
  • Any similar, but unrelated insect such as dragonfly or butterfly.
  • (fishing) A lightweight fishing lure resembling an insect.
  • (weightlifting) A chest exercise performed by moving extended arms from the sides to in front of the chest. (also flye)
  • (obsolete) A witch’s familiar.
  • (obsolete) A parasite.
  • (swimming) The butterfly stroke (plural is normally flys)
  • (preceded by definite article) A simple dance in which the hands are shaken in the air, popular in the 1960s.

Hyponyms

  • barfly
  • blackfly
  • blowfly
  • botfly
  • butterfly
  • caddis fly
  • cranefly
  • damselfly
  • dragonfly
  • drain fly
  • firefly
  • fruit fly
  • gadfly
  • greenfly
  • horsefly
  • housefly
  • hoverfly
  • march fly
  • mayfly
  • moth fly
  • sandfly
  • sand fly
  • sawfly
  • warble fly
  • whitefly

Related terms

  • no flies on
  • wouldn’t hurt a fly

Exemple

  • Devils Lake is where I began my career as a limnologist in 1964, studying the lake’s neotenic salamanders and chironomids, or midge flies. […] The Devils Lake Basin is an endorheic, or closed, basin covering about 9,800 square kilometers in northeastern North Dakota.
  • When you’re well enough off so’s you don’t have to fret about anything but your heft or your diseases you begin to get queer, I suppose. And the queerer the cure for those ailings the bigger the attraction. A place like the Right Livers’ Rest was bound to draw freaks, same as molasses draws flies.
  • a trifling fly, none of your great familiars
  • The fly that plays too near the flame burns in it.

Noun

  • An arthropod in the class Insecta, characterized by six legs, up to four wings, and a chitinous exoskeleton.
  • (colloquial) Any small arthropod similar to an insect including spiders, centipedes, millipedes, etc
  • (derogatory) A contemptible or powerless person.

Synonyms

  • bug (colloquial)

Examples

  • Nonetheless, some insect prey take advantage of clutter by hiding in it. Earless ghost swift moths become “invisible" to echolocating bats by forming mating clusters close above vegetation and effectively blending into the clutter of echoes that the bat receives from the leaves and stems around them.
  • Our shed has several insect infestions, including ants, yellowjackets, and wasps.
  • The swamp is swarming with every sort of insect.
  • The manager’s assistant was the worst sort of insect.