<< Previous Next >>

Panorpid Female

Panorpid Female
Photo Information
Copyright: Alan Cassidy (accassidy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 162 W: 119 N: 596] (2454)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-17
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D80, Nikon 60mm F/2.8 macro, Digital ISO 200, 62 mm UV
Exposure: f/11, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-07-19 7:41
Viewed: 3425
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Scorpion Flies, Panorpa communis?

While waiting for more co-operative butterflies on Friday, I came across a couple of female Scorpion flies, which I think belong to the species P. communis but may be P. vulgaris. Perhaps someone out there knows the difference.

Scorpion flies feed on dead insects, and I also have a picture, albeit a little less clear, showing one of these flies inclose proximity to a deceased solitary wasp.

This picture shows a female, determined by the lack of the Scorpion-like curled-up tail segments typical of the males and which give this group of insects their colloquial name.

The picture was taken with fill-in flash at e/11 to give good depth of field with the Micro-Nikkor 60mm macro lens. The two images have been carefully resized and cropped to show the insect in both dorsal and lateral aspects, at close to the same size.

My knowledge of Mecoptera in general and Panorpidae in particular is vestigial. If anyone has more information to give, I would be pleased to hear from you. Thanks. Alan

oldferret, nglen has marked this note useful
Only registered TrekNature members may rate photo notes.
Add Critique [Critiquing Guidelines] 
Only registered TrekNature members may write critiques.
You must be logged in to start a discussion.

Critiques [Translate]

hello Alan
i like this collage
great details and sharpness
super shot
greeting lou

Hi Alan,

Great shot of the scorpion fly, great focus and colours just jumps at you, iridescent on the wings shows well. Good dof and bg. I can't help with it's species, but think it's a very good shot, showing both aspects of the fly

regards Bill

  • Great 
  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-07-19 12:40]

Hi Alan. I always think these flies look amazing. You have taken them with good detail and natural colours. You side view is not one we often see so close up so thanks for posting them /.Well done .

  • Great 
  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2009-07-19 12:56]

Very good macro!

Calibration Check