haltere


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haltere

or

balancer

one of a pair of structures found in DIPTERANS. They are thought to be modified hind-wings, normally being small, clubbed organs very much smaller than the forewing. Halteres are probably associated with the maintenance of equilibrium during flight.

haltere

knob-like relics of the second pair of wings in the insect genus Diptera.
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Right fore tarsi, hind leg and haltere damaged, right wing torn.
Haltere orange-brown, distal part sharply defined dark brown with areas of sensillae at base.
Haltere uniformly pale brown with areas of sensillae at base.
Haltere uniformly yellow-brown, with areas of sensillae at base.
Haltere uniformly pale yellow, knob slightly darker, with areas of sensillae at base.
Haltere uniformly yellow-brown basally, knob brown, with areas of sensillae at base.
Right fore tarsi, left haltere and some setae damaged, right wing entirely destroyed.
Wing base light brown, vein brownish, basicosta dark brown, costal spine short and small, both surfaces of radial node with setulae, m-m cross vein lightly S-shaped, calypteres light brown, lower calypter with small lobule, inside it with 3-4 setulae in the middle; with anterior paracalyptral tuft, but without posterior paracalyptral tuft; halteres light brown.