07.01.2022 Panorpa!!!

To some this is a face that only a Panorpa mother could love but somehow I find them attractive.

Scorpionfly-Panorpa sp. A species ID without a look a the wings is difficult and this guy flew off after two shutter clicks. Actually I can’t be sure about the gender.  This insect gets its name from the tail resembling a scorpion’s but we don’t really get a good look. If a male the tail curls up and is used to attract a mate. They feed on fruit and dead insects.  They can also grab something from a spider’s web with those grippers on the end of its snout and are found throughout most of the eastern and central U.S.   The round dark spot on the top of its head are the ocelli…simple eyes. Handsome devil.

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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24 Responses to 07.01.2022 Panorpa!!!

  1. Lakshmi Bhat says:

    Yes, he is handsome.

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  2. picpholio says:

    Top shot of this scorpion fly !

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  3. Interesting yes, handsome… Great shot

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  4. melissabluefineart says:

    Fascinating! I love that you hare teaching us all these nifty insects! I don’t know that I’ve ever seen this one.

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  5. shoreacres says:

    Having recently gotten a faceful of spider web, and having tried to untangle myself from an exceptionally sticky web, it’s amazing that this creature can pluck bits right out of a web. It certainly has the right tools.

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    • It’s been awhile since I experience that, Linda. But I remember what a pain it is getting unwebbed. How insects and so many other creatures have adapted for success is amazing and in many ways puts our abilities to shame.

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  6. Ann Mackay says:

    Amazing photograph! They obviously do an important job of cleaning up dead insects. Though the spiders may not be so happy…

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  7. Nice capture. I don’t recall ever seeing a scorpionfly even though they’re apparently common in Texas. Here’s an article with an interesting description of mating behavior:


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    • Thanks. Texas is the outer limit of there occurrence, I think, basing on from East to West spread. Thanks for the article. The male’s attraction action at one time might have worked for a human in a bar but not these days. Probably get him bounced.


  8. Very “cool” looking insect! Great Capture! Enjoyed seeing your Panorpa image!

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  9. Dave Ply says:

    As long as that guy is macro size and not dog size, I think he’s a handsome dude.

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  10. Todd Henson says:

    I’ve no clue if I’ve ever seen one of these before. Looks very interesting, and I love how they can pull something from a spider’s web. I’d not have expected that.


    • You might have seen them and thought that it was a mosquito. I mentioned in an earlier post that people often do mistake them for those and kill them which is a shame. They are beneficial.


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