Scorpionflies are an interesting group of insects, with around 300 species worldwide. Around 30 of these are found in Europe, but no more than half a dozen or so in the UK. Males have an upturned scorpion-like genitalia or 'tail' that gives the order its name.
A photograph of a female scorpionfly (Panorpa panorpa). Females do not possess the characteristic scorpion sting-like genitalia that gives scorpionflies their name.
Other names for (or types of) Mecoptera include:
- Hanging fly
- Snow flea
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