09.07.2015 Scorpionfly

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.

Scorpion-Fly-073109-3Scorpionflies 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.



About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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34 Responses to 09.07.2015 Scorpionfly

  1. Someone made good use of extension tubes, especially in the second photograph, where I almost see a horse’s head (as in the first). The third reveals the pleasant purple in the wings. You batted a triple, and your comment about mimicry and the link to the Mecoptera article make it a home rum.


  2. Jim in IA says:

    The fly must have been very cooperative. Or, you were very quick. Those are really nice shots of the creature. I’m curious about the eye-like spot on top of the head. I wonder if is purely decorative, or functional.

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  3. BeeHappee says:

    Now I understand where we learned all the tricks.

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  4. jmnowak says:

    Oh, my! The first pic shows a most handsome fly…and I’d love to have the facility of those eyes.

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  5. Neat! I don’t think I’ve come across one of these. The wings look like stained glass to me.

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  6. Andrew says:

    Top class shots Steve. I am very impressed by the Scorp. What a looker!

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  7. Lyle Krahn says:

    Nothing like food to bring out the beauty. Great shots.

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  8. Impressive shots. Actually a pretty specimen after seeing the wing pattern.

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  9. Such and interesting subject for your photo, the detail is just spectacular.

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  10. shoreacres says:

    Apart from looking like a trip to the orthodontist might be in order, this is quite a handsome fellow. The page you linked to was interesting. This amazed me: “Snow scorpionflies (family Boreidae) are adapted to cold climatic conditions. They often live on the surface of ice or snow, and may die if exposed to the heat from a human hand.”

    That’s as neat as the flower you mentioned a few days ago, that moves with the heat from a hand. I suppose it’s not so good for the scorpionfly, but that’s a different matter.

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    • The world is filled with phenomena that boggles the mind and challenges the human imagination. Who’d a thunk?
      Another snow denizen is the Snow Flea-Hypogastrura nivicola. These things are incredible. Little spring tails, one of the most numerous organisms in the soil, also turn out to be the most numerous organisms on the forest floor.


  11. These are great dramatic shots – wonder if i’ve ever seen one, but didn’t know it. Love that tidbit about the sneaky fellow pretending to be somebody else…..

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  12. Great photos and post, Steve!

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