1 inch long
Perched on Hydranga
Very difficult to distinguish from P. germanica. My tentative ID is based on 3 wing characters:
1. the under-costal vein (the 2nd starting from the front edge) reaches the stigma;
2. 4 ribs in the radial sector;
3. little overall mottling.
Lower Minnetts Field, Gwent Wildlife Trust Reserve, Caldicot, Wales, UK.
Crater lake national park community center
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...