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Panorpa communis (F)

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 22 June 2012 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

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

Canon EOS 400D 1/100 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Schitterend, Johan!

22 Jun 2012 7:41am

Anna from Somewhere on Mother Earth, Netherlands

Ze staat er mooi op Johan!

22 Jun 2012 11:33am

ursulakatariina from Leixlip, Ireland

Great shot of this beautiful insect!

22 Jun 2012 12:27pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Fantastic color and detail!

23 Jun 2012 2:21am

dang from Atlanta, United States

Wonderful, clean background. Good goin'.

23 Jun 2012 9:19am

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Canon EOS 400D
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ISO 200
150 mm

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