The two specimens from Alachua County are the holotype, a male collected in Gainesville near the San Felasco Hammock in 1970 currently housed in the Florida State Collection of Arthropods [FSCA]; Figures 3 and 4 ; and a paratype, a female collected from an unspecified locality in 1974 Byers 1993; Somma and Dunford 2008. Data labels of the holotype of the Florida scorpionfly, Panorpa floridana Byers. They are not common in Kentucky. The males nonchalantly feed and move about during mating, while the females are passive and do not move.
Scorpionflies cannot sting.
They are rarely seen, but they are common in Kentucky. Panorpids can be distinguished from other mecopterans indigenous to Florida, bittacids hangingflies and meropeids earwigflies , by the presence of two pretarsal claws only one in bittacids and ocelli lacking in meropeids Byers 1993, 2005; Dunford and Somma 2008a, b.
Immature insects. Insects and their Allies.
Like all insects, scorpionflies and hangingflies have 3 body parts, 1 pair of antennae, and 6 legs. Adults emerge and mate in summer. The life history of Panorpa nuptialis Mecoptera: The larvae of scorpion flies appear similar to caterpillars with short legs, but do not possess prolegs and have well developed mandibles.
Panorpa T he only "true" Scorpionflies in Kentucky belong to the family Panorpidae and the genus Panorpa. Volume 4.
Their natural history and diversity: In the case of the snow scorpionflies, however, autumn and winter is the time to search for these. Newton, 2005.
Female Scorpionfly, Panorpa sp. Order Mecoptera.
Figure 4. However, a scorpionfly will not always remain still if you are approaching with a camera. They are very common in early summer in weedy areas near the forest edge. Panorpa floridana can be distinguished from other Floridian panorpids by the following combination of characters Byers 1993: