Order Mecoptera – Scorpionflies


4 UK species, 2 genera, 2 families. The males have an upturned bulbous and sting-like tail (which is actually their genitalia), hence why they are called scorpionflies, yet they do not sting. The heads have a beak-like appearance, and their wings have slight variations in pattern.

Scorpionly Panorpa communis. male
Common Scorpionfly Panorpa communis