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Mecoptera, sometimes called ‘scorpionflies’, belong to the Neoptera. There are approximately 600 species worldwide, 10 of which can be found in Europe.

Mecoptera can reach a body length of 3. 5 to 20 mm with a wing span of 20 to 40 mm. They have 2 pairs of wings which are almost identical. In some species the wings are much smaller and in others the larger pair of wings is missing. A notable characteristic of the adult insect is the elongation of the mouth parts; this has earned it the name „Schnabelfliege“ in German (Schnabel = beak ; Fliege = fly).

The larvae look like caterpillars, but have real legs on the chest and abdomen segments. A fork placed on the last abdomen segment also serves the movement of the larvae.

Some examples of Mecoptera are: snow scorpionflies, hangingflies and species of the the Panorpidae.

Common namesScorpion-flies, Scorpion flies, Snowflies, Scorpionflies, Hangingflies, Hanging flies
German namesSchnabelhafte, Schnabelfliegen
Dutch namesSchorpioenvliegen, Schorpioenvliegachtigen
Danish namesSkorpionfluer, Skorpionsfluer
Finnish namesKärsäkorennot
Norwegian namesSkorpionfluer
Swedish namesNäbbsländor
AuthorHyatt & Arms, 1891

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Antarctica (Antarctic)


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Cenozoic (Paleogene, Neogene, Quaternary)

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