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|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
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i like this collage
great details and sharpness
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
- [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 .
- [2009-07-19 12:56]
Very good macro!