Scorpion Fly (Panorpa communis).

Sunrise: 04.49    Sunset: 09.28

I am attracted to Scorpion Flies; I find them fascinating.

The Scorpion Fly is a strange and beautiful insect that is abundant in Hoo Wood at the moment, particularly amongst nettles and bramble. The long beak-like projection from its head is used for scavenging dead insects from tight spaces and stealing food from spider’s webs. Its name is derived from the scorpion-like tail that the male uses in courtship displays. Adults usually mate at night, but mating can be a dangerous game for the male, who might be killed by the female. To help reduce the potential of death in return for pleasure, he offers a nuptial gift of a dead insect or a mass of saliva to placate her – the equivalent of a box of chocolates! The resulting eggs are laid in the soil and the emerging larvae live and pupate at the soil surface.


Scorpion Fly.


Scorpion Fly.

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2 Responses to Scorpion Fly (Panorpa communis).

  1. tootlepedal says:

    Gorgeous pictures again. You can see where movie designers get their monster ideas from.


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