Scorpionfly, Camden Co., MO, Ha Ha Tonka SP, 2 OCT 2010
Scorpion fly at Pease Park. Beautiful sunny afternoon.
26 Jun 2013.
Whiteface Mountain, Essex Co, NY.
One of five species near P. nebulosa that can only be separated with microscopic examination.
ID Courtesy of Wes Bicha:
Female scorpion fly.
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...