- one of a pair of short projections in dipterous insects that are modified hind wings, used for maintaining equilibrium during flightAlso called: balancer
C18: from Greek haltēres (plural) hand-held weights used as balancers or to give impetus in leaping, from hallesthai to leap
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Calypter: Diptera; the alula or squama when it covers the haltere.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology
John. B. Smith
Haltere large, inflated, sac-like; bearing four curling set.