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I sent you a picture of a scorpionfly a couple of weeks ago. Actually, I think this is a better photo esthetically, and since I know that bandwidth is not a problem for you, I thought I’d send it along for your pleasure. When I can get a good closeup like this, I rather enjoy not cropping out the natural surroundings. This is one of my wallpaper photos at the moment. No need to post it unless you just choose to. I have another one coming your way that I’m curious about. Thanks for all you do to bring so many people a lot of fun.
David in Kentucky

Hi David,
We agree that your new photo is much nicer. We had to crop it though since it would be too small on our site to identify the Scorpionfly.

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Pretty thing
Hi, These flies were briefly common in my little woodland in central Kentucky. I couldn’t find them in my book, though. I didn’t see them on your fly page, but I obviously need to narrow my search. Any thoughts?

Hi David,
We have one previous photo of a Scorpionfly on our site, but you couldn’t locate it because Scorpionflies, Family Panorphidae, are not true flies. Adults feed on dead and dying insects, nectar and rotting fruit. The shape of the male genitalia, which is large, pear-shaped, and held forward above the abdomen like a scorpion’s stinger, gives this group their common name. Your female does not make this common name evident.

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What is this bug?
I’ve been searching for hours to find out what this bug is, but can’t seem to find a similar picture anywhere. Any ideas what it might be?

Hi Rob,
We are very excited to get your letter since we are able to start a brand new page with your photo of a Scorpion-Fly. This is the first we have received. Scorpion-Flies belong to the order Mecoptera. Despite their fierce name, they are harmless, unless you are an injured insect. Adults are usually found on foliage near shaded streams in damp woods. Thanks for the photo. Sadly, the site is currently down and will not return until October.

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