Common Scorpionfly

Panorpa communis

preview hoet 00043 panorpa communis gewoehnliche skorpionsfliegeThis fly lives only locally and isolated and is characterized by some very strange features: a trunk-like elongated forehead, two long thread-like feelers, and roughly veined dark-spotted wings. The male owns also an unusually intensified abdomen, upward curved and ending in pair of pliers. It looks like the abdomen of a scorpion (hence the name of the fly), but the male of the Scorpionfly uses its abdomen pliers only for holding the female during mating.