Taken during Earth Native Wilderness School's tracking class.
Order Mecoptera: Family Panorpidae
Austin, Travis Co., Texas
1 November 2013
This specimen was found on the windowsill of the house, already dead. The picture is very poor quality, taken with the good ol' Motorola Razr V3 phone, but it does show the up-curved scorpion-like "stinger" on the abdomen (and no, they don't sting!).
MEC Panorpidae Panorpa
MEC Panorpidae Panorpa (anomala)
less than 1/2 long, upper body orange, elonged head at mouth area, wings are striped with black
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...