There is beauty in form and function. Then there is beauty as seen by the human eye. We tend to think of beauty as an aesthetic which is something basically common to just us. Whatever appreciation there is in the rest of nature for beauty is simply a means to attract a mate for procreation. It’s not always what we consider beautiful that counts. In the natural world it is often based on what offers the best chance for successful birth and survival of a new generation and not who will be prettiest or have the most desirable physical attributes. 🙂
There’s no confusing whether beauty in scorpionflies is aesthetic or not…at least to the human eye.
However, the wing pattern is another story.
Scorpionflies are not pesty and provide yet another means of aiding the environment in the breakdown of decaying matter. Another fun fact I just learned about them….”Some female scorpionflies will accept a male suitor only if he brings her a gift of prey. Males occasionally mimic females in order to get a free meal!” NC State General Entomology.