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Panorpa communis

Panorpa communis
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Copyright: Roberto Innocenzi (cobra112) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2093 W: 75 N: 6382] (43366)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-05-10
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D300s, Sigma 105mm 1:2.8 EX DG Macro
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-05-11 9:32
Viewed: 1275
Points: 18
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Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Arthropoda

Class: Insecta

Order: Mecoptera

Family: Panorpidae

Genus: Panorpa

Species:P. communis

Le Panorpidae sono una famiglia di Insetti dell'ordine dei Mecoptera.Di questa famiglia fa parte la Panorpa communis, conosciuta anche come "mosca scorpione" per la particolare somiglianza della coda a quella degli scorpioni.

Panorpa communis or common scorpionfly is a species of scorpionfly native to Western Europe. The common scorpionfly has a black and yellow body, with a reddish head and tail. The male has a pair of claspers at the end of its tail (for holding the female during mating), giving it a scorpion-like appearance, although it is not a stinger. The adult insect has a wingspan of about 35mm, with wings that are mostly clear, but have many dark spots or patches. Its head, mounted with large eyes, is drawn into a prominent, upward pointing beak, which opens at the tip of its head. The larva resembles a caterpillar and grows up to 20.3mm long. it has three pairs of thoracic legs and eight pairs of prolegs. The adult is seen between May and September, and can be usually found in hedgerows and patches of nettle. They eat dead insects (although they sometimes eat live aphids), sometimes stealing them from spider webs. Although fully winged, the adults rarely fly very far and spend much of their time crawling on vegetation in damp, shaded places near water and along hedgerows. Eggs are laid in soil annually and the larvae both scavenge and pupate there.

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Hallo Roberto
Absolute beautiful. Everything just fits so well together in this image. The composition, the colours, the focus and great point of view and to add to that it is artiscally done too. A well presented macro of a very fascinating insect. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Wonderful capture. Wonderful, Roberto.
Strange insect.
A really delicate use of flash; exquisitely enhances the body and wings of this Panorpa communis.

Hernán Bortondello

Hello Mr.Roberto,
I thought this species belongs to the Scorpion family noticing its back.First time watching this species.Remarkable work with stunning sharp focus on subject.Details are great too.Like its POV.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice time,

Ciao Roberto, gran macro fantastici dettagli e splendidi colori, bravissimo, ciao Silvio
PS ho visto le previsioni del tempo, Giovedě dovrebbe essere bello, vedo se riesco a liberarmi

Hi Roberto, Indeed, this is a very beautiful common scorpionfly. Lovely POV and DOF. Excellent light and tones along with great details. I like its pose and it is very artistic. Thank for sharing

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-05-11 12:54]

Hello Roberto,
Just back from a two weeks vacation on Lesvos, Greece.
Very nice macro of this Scorpionfly taken from a fine POV in beautiful colours and selective sharpness. Excellent composition.

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2014-05-12 9:01]

What a great macro of this excellent animal! Congratulation, I hope one day I will find one like this. Saludos.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-05-12 15:10]

Il pungiglione!! Ammazza come si vede bene,senza dubbio la foto piu' efficace per spiegare il nome comune di questa specie,grandiosa davvero anche se i dettagli delle ali sono andati un po' a spasso.Buon Martedi',LUCIANO

Hello Roberto,
Thanks for visiting my gallery. Splendid photo with perfect focus and lovely colors. Excellent contrast and fantastic sharp details. I love contrast of this scorpion fly against the green colors of the background.
Thanks for sharing!

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