Scorpionfly Gavin Seitz

Mecoptera are small to medium insects with slender, elongated bodies. They have simple mouthparts, with long mandibles and fleshy palps. Like many other insects, they possess compound eyes on the sides of their heads. The wings are narrow in shape, with numerous veins, that resemble other insects. The abdomen is cylindrical, and typically curves upwards in the male, superficially resembling the tail of a scorpion, the tip containing an enlarged structure called the genital bulb.

Scorpionflies are related to fleas and flies. Their life cycle starts as an egg that absorbs water and may not hatch for up to a few months. After they hatch they move around and feed on vegetation. The larva crawls into the soil or decaying wood to pupate, and does not spin a cocoon. In drier environments, they may spend several months in diapause, before emerging as adults.

Scorpion fly larvae

Scorpionflies usually only interact with fresh bodies and other than that have no human interaction.

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"Mecoptera." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 24 Feb. 2017. Web. 24 Feb. 2017.

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