Panorpa communis (NL: Gewone schorpioenvlieg / EN: Common scorpionfly / DE: Gemeine Skorpionsfliege / FR: Mouche-scorpion) is a species of scorpionfly native to Western Europe. It has a black and yellow body, with a reddish head and tail. The male has a pair of claspers at the end of its tail (for holding the female during mating), giving it a scorpion-like appearance, although it is not a stinger. The adult insect has a wingspan of about 35 millimetres, with wings that are mostly clear, but have many dark spots or patches. Its head, mounted with large eyes, is drawn into a prominent, downward pointing beak, which opens at the tip of its head.
Image: Wijnegem (BE) – 20/05/2012
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