The “pipsqueak” family is composed of proteins that contain a pipsqueak motif, a previously characterised DNA binding domain, and thus represents a new family of potential transcription factors. Previous functional characterisation of several Drosophila genes encoding pipsqueak domain-containing proteins has shown their crucial role in development. Here, I report the embryonic, larval, and pupal expression pattern of two Drosophila genes, fernández/distal antenna and hernández/distal antenna related, which encode protein members of the pipsqueak family with similar pipsqueak motifs. Furthermore, I show that, consistently with their expression pattern, these two genes are required in the nervous system during the embryonic development. Developmental Dynamics 230:361–365, 2004. © 2004 Wiley-Liss, Inc.