The neuropterans are a small order of mostly predacious, winged insects. The neuropterans constitute one of the most primitive orders among the holometabolous insects, i.e. insects with complete metamorphosis.
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All neuropterans have two pairs of membraneous wings which usually possess a large number of veins. The larvae of almost all species are terrestrial predators, and a unique feature of neuropteran larvae is that the mandibles have been fused with the maxillae to form two hollow thongs or stylets used for sucking body fluid from the prey.