Monday 29 June 2009

Common Scorpionfly (Panorpa communis)

Until this spring I had only seen a scorpion fly in a book. I knew they were weird looking. Then I took a photo of a fly with black band on the wing. When I compared the photo with my books, I could see that it was a scorpion fly. Since then I cannnot walk around in my garden without seing scorpion flies. Even when I take a walk in the wood I see lots and lots of scorpion flies.

In the slide show you can see some of them, the male is the one with the scorpion like tail. The strange head reminds me of the "Spy vs. Spy" cartoon in the Mad Magazine.

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