Life and death at the moth light as a hanging fly (Bittacidae) captured a moth on the sheet and proceeded to suck the life out of it.
Attracted to porch light. Apparently fairly rare to see, so I consider myself lucky (although a male would've been even cooler)!
Mecoptera (from the Greek: meco- = "long", -ptera = "wings") are an order of insects with about 550 species in nine families worldwide. Mecoptera are sometimes called scorpionflies after their largest family, Panorpidae, in which the males have enlarged genitals that look similar to the stinger of a scorpion. The Bittacidae, or hangingflies, are a prominent family of elongate insects known for their elaborate mating rituals, in which females choose mates based on the quality of...