2/150: Scorpionflies, pollinating before it was cool

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Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Mecoptera: Panorpidae: Panorpa: Panorpa submaculosa (Carpenter 1931)

Mecoptera are primitive insects that are easily recognizable with elongated faces and 4 wings of roughly the same size. They are commonly called ‘scorpionflies’ because of the characteristic male genitalia in the group’s largest family, Panorpidae, which resemble a scorpion’s stinger. Continue reading “2/150: Scorpionflies, pollinating before it was cool”