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Panorpa communis
P. communis male
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Mecoptera
Family: Panorpidae
Genus: Panorpa
Species: P. communis
Binomial name
Panorpa communis
Linnaeus, 1758

Panorpa communis or common scorpionfly[1] is a species of scorpionfly native to Western Europe.



The common scorpionfly 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 35mm, with wings that are mostly clear, but have many dark spots or patches. Its head, mounted with large eyes, is drawn into a prominent, upward pointing beak, which opens at the tip of its head.


The larva resembles a caterpillar and grows up to 20.3mm long. it has three pairs of thoracic legs and eight pairs of prolegs. The adult is seen between May and September, and can be usually found in hedgerows and patches of nettle. They eat dead insects (although they sometimes eat live aphids), sometimes stealing them from spider webs.[2]

Although fully winged, the adults rarely fly very far and spend much of their time crawling on vegetation in damp, shaded places near water and along hedgerows. Eggs are laid in soil annually and the larvae both scavenge and pupate there.

External links


  1. ^ in Kendall Bioresearch
  2. ^ "food" in



Up to date as of January 23, 2010

From Wikispecies

Panorpa communis


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Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Protostomia
Cladus: Ecdysozoa
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Classis: Insecta
Cladus: Dicondylia
Cladus: Pterygota
Cladus: Metapterygota
Cladus: Neoptera
Cladus: Eumetabola
Cladus: Endopterygota
Superordo: Panorpida
Cladus: Antliophora
Ordo: "Mecoptera"
Familia: Panorpidae
Genus: Panorpa
Species: Panorpa communis


Panorpa communis Linnaeus, 1758


  • Panorpa vulgaris Imhoff & Labram, 1845

Vernacular names

Deutsch: Gemeine Skorpionsfliege
English: Common scorpionfly
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