Why They Call This The Scorpionfly

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. Click once to expand view, click again to get that little bit closer June 2018, near local... Continue Reading →

Common Scorpionfly Panorpa communis male

The title says it all 🙂 Click once to expand view, click again to get that little bit closer May 2018, near local river, Staffordshire, England. © Pete Hillman. Sigma 18-300mm lens.  

Panorpa communis

Common Scorpionfly I find these to be quite a stunning insect to look at. They belong to an order of insects called Mecoptera. There are less than a handful of species in Britain, and they can be awkward to tell apart. The above image is that of the female. The males have large bulbous genitalia,... Continue Reading →

Panorpa germanica

The males have an upturned bulbous and sting-like tail, hence why they are called scorpion flies, yet they do not sting. The female has a tapering tail, and both sexes tend to have fewer spots on their wings compared to Panorpa communis which is very similar. Genitalia examination will accurately confirm either species. Body length... Continue Reading →

Common Scorpionfly

Panorpa communis The males have an upturned bulbous and sting-like tail, hence why they are called scorpion flies, yet they do not sting. The heads have a beak-like appearance, and their wings have slight variations in pattern which aid in distinguishing the 3 UK species which can be difficult to tell apart. Panorpa communis tends... Continue Reading →

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