Fly parts - morphology diagrams

Further information on fly anatomy can be found via the Anatomical Atlas of Flies (from CSIRO, Australia).

 

Main parts of a fly

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Head of a fly

Parts of the head

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Bristles of the head

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The thorax

Thorax in top view

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Thorax in side view

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McAlpine terminology

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Wing venation

Complete venation

This wing has all the veins that were thought to be present in a primitive fly. No known fly has such complete venation, although some tipulids (craneflies) come close.

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Reduced venation of a "higher fly"

Wing of Calliphora (Calliphoridae) showing the reduced venation typical of "higher" flies. 

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Legs

Parts of the legs

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Orientation of bristles

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Foot

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