Scorpionfly (Mecoptera).
Click on image to enlarge. Scorpionfly

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Facts: Scorpionflies are attractive insects with patterned wings. They get the name scorpionfly since the male genitalia is held over the back of the abdomen in the typical defensive posture of scorpions. However, they are harmless and cannot sting. Females lack the conspicuous genitalia. They are predators and capture other insects as food using their legs.

Photo credit: Curt Williams

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Last modified:  August 10, 2001 by John A. Jackman