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 →

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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