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scorpionfly

Mecoptera

Description:

Body is about 20mm large, white-yellowish in colour, black at back, transparent wings with dark pattern and narrow in shape, with numerous cross-veins, compound eyes on the sides of the head and three ocelli on the top, the abdomen is cylindrical, and typically curves upwards in the male, superficially resembling the tail of a scorpion.

Habitat:

Spotted during a raining morning walk at Kebun Raya Cibodas, a 80ha area above 1.400 metres high, mix of botanical park with big trees & palms and surrounded by rainforest at the foot of Gene volcano, Java - Indonesia.

Notes:

Mecoptera are sometimes called scorpionflies after their largest family, Panorpidae, in which the males have enlarged genitals that look similar to the stinger of a scorpion. Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Arthropoda Class: Insecta (unranked): Antliophora Order: Mecoptera

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3 Comments

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 2 years ago
JordiPrats
JordiPrats 2 years ago

Thanks Felix for the ID, I think you are right, I'm not so familiar with these but I can see Crane Fly has larger legs and tiny bodies than Scorpionfly

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 2 years ago

Looks more like a female Scorpionfly (Mecoptera) to me...

JordiPrats
Spotted by
JordiPrats

Jawa Barat, Indonesia

Lat: -6.74, Long: 107.01

Spotted on Jan 27, 2017
Submitted on Feb 1, 2017

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