10 Strange Flightless Flies

Houseflies, horseflies, fruit flies, mosquitoes and gnats are all examples of the insect order Diptera, latin for “two-winged,” and include an estimated 250,000 species around the world, from sinister parasitoids to beautiful nectar-feeding pollinators. Some, however, are adapted to such unusual conditions that they’ve lost their most defining feature; throughout the world, flightless flies include some of the weirdest, rarest and most specialized insects known to man.

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