23 Aug 2014.
Susquehanna State Park, Harford Co, MD.
Found on Verbesina alternifolia.
ID courtesy of Ken Wolgemuth:
29 Aug 2014.
Buckingham Springs, Bucks Co, PA.
17.6 mm forewing length.
Found in lawn.
ID confirmed by Brandon Woo:
Scorpionfly, Camden Co., MO, Ha Ha Tonka SP, 2 OCT 2010
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...