Saturday, June 19, 2010

Scorpionfly (Panorpa sp.)

Despite their fearsome looking mouth parts and the terminal appendages on the male these small scavengers are harmless, feeding on dead or dying insects, or fruit. The claw-like organs on the male's abdomen are for the purpose of reproduction, not stinging. An interesting summary about the habits and life cycle of scorpionflies may be found at BugGuide.Net