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Female Scorpion Fly

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7 Comments

TracyL
TracyL 8 years ago

Just wondering if you took me off the mission, i went to change it, and i wasn't in the mission for this photo? if you did thank you :)

TracyL
TracyL 8 years ago

that's very interesting i will take it off the flies mission, But if they are not an insect what is it? Thanks for the info to its pretty interesting all the wildlife you can find in "your back yard" :) For me its like discovering new species because i've never seen most of them before lol, even though someone else has :)
Thanks for the help :)

Juan DiTrani
Juan DiTrani 8 years ago

Hi Tracy. This insects are called Scorpion flies. Yet, they are not taxonomicaly related to Scorpions (these are not even insects) or flies (they have two wings). If you read the description of Flies mission, it specify its only for true flies (Diptera order).

TracyL
TracyL 8 years ago

Well i understand that they have evolved from fleas, but i cannot find anywhere, that states they are not flies. I doesn't make sense that they would be called flies if they are not.

Juan DiTrani
Juan DiTrani 8 years ago

Hi Tracy. Despite these insects are called Scorpion Flies in english, they are not flies, so I think they should not be included on Flies mission.

TracyL
TracyL 8 years ago

Thank you ForestDragon I agree with you :)

ForestDragon
ForestDragon 8 years ago

I believe this is a female Scorpionfly. Check out Genus Panorpa: http://bugguide.net/node/view/9217/bgpag...

TracyL
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TracyL

Vermont, USA

Spotted on Sep 2, 2012
Submitted on Sep 2, 2012

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