Scorpion Fly

Scorpion Fly ♀ & ♂

There are 3 species on the UK list, and before digital technology careful examination with a microscope or a good hand lens was required. Today it can be seen from good macro images that it is not always necessary as in  P. germanica has thickened parallel hypovalves on male genital capsule, which can be seen my image that they are calliper shaped identifying it as P. communis. (The wing pattern can also be decisive  factor.)

Author: Mick Talbot

Besotted with nature in all its wondrous formats.

4 thoughts on “Scorpion Fly”

    1. Haven’t seen any this year, but then I don’t get to the park and river like used to, but I have to say I’m having fun in me garden. In fact a shot or two of some butterflies, tortoise, red admiral and a speckled wood, and a nice beetle, posting all soon.

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