Why They Call This The Scorpionfly

Common Scorpionfly Panorpa communis male

Following on from a previous post, today I came across another one of these impressive insects. Note the genitalia of the male how it curls back and looks like a scorpion’s tale. However, this tail does not sting.

Common Scorpionfly Panorpa communis male

Common Scorpionfly Panorpa communis male

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June 2018, near local river, Staffordshire, England. Β© Pete Hillman.

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