Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Scorpion Flies, Mecoptera, A Scorpion that flies

Mecoptera 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. This family contains more than 350 species. They are 9–25 mm long. These insects have 4 membranous wings and also have threadlike antennae. Their elongated faces terminate with jaws that are used to feed on dead and dying insects, nectar, and rotting fruit. While in larvae form, they scavenge by consuming dead insects on ground.


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