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Mecoptera (from the Greek meco = long, ptera = wings) are an order of insects with about 550 species worldwide. Mecoptera are sometimes called scorpionflies after their largest family, Panorpidae, in which the males have enlarged genitals that look similar to the stinger of a scorpion.
Mecoptera are small to medium insects with slender, elongated bodies. They have relatively simple mouthparts, with long mandibles and fleshy palps. Like many other insects, they possess compound eyes on the side of the head, and three ocelli on the top.
The wings are narrow in shape, with numerous cross-veins. The abdomen is cylindrical, and typically curves upwards in the male, superficially resembling the tail of a scorpion.
The female lays the eggs in close contact with moisture, and the eggs typically absorb water and increase in size after deposition. The larvae are usually quite caterpillar-like, with short, clawed, true legs, and a number of abdominal prolegs. They have a sclerotised head with compound eyes and mandibulate mouthparts.
The larva crawls into the soil or decaying wood to pupate, and does not spin a cocoon. The pupae are exarate, meaning that the limbs are free of the body, and are able to move their mandibles, but are otherwise entirely non-mobile.

Brand:Panasonic
Camera:Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ7
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:mecoptera
Username:CarolG CarolG
Uploaded:1 Dec 2011 - 6:12 AM
Tags:Close-up, Close-up / macro, General, Macro, Nature, Scorpionfly, Wildlife, Wildlife / nature
Votes:84
Variant - TestsVariant - Tests

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 5143 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland112 Constructive Critique Points
1 Dec 2011 - 6:24 AM

Good morning, Carol,
I see you are back to your new toy todayWink.
Some really fine shots of the scorpionfly, the detail quite impressive: V 2 stands out for me although the head on look in V 4 runs a close second, although any of the five could act as leader.
The supplied life history makes such interesting reading too.
Ronnie.

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Andysnapper
Andysnapper e2 Member 6108 forum postsAndysnapper vcard England22 Constructive Critique Points
1 Dec 2011 - 6:31 AM

I agree with Ronnie, great shots and an interesting read.

Cheers

Andy

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Glyn1
Glyn1  5 England1 Constructive Critique Points
1 Dec 2011 - 6:55 AM

Great series Carol, amazing detail. My preference is V2.

Glyn

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cjl47
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1 Dec 2011 - 7:01 AM

As always quite brilliant.
Chris

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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom99 Constructive Critique Points
1 Dec 2011 - 7:04 AM

Love these beasties Carol, another lot to look out for when I am in Spain. 1&2 for me today.

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SUE118
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1 Dec 2011 - 7:17 AM

An interesting bug and what a gentle looking face.

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41122 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England137 Constructive Critique Points
1 Dec 2011 - 7:42 AM

They're all excellent but v2 is such a strong composition. I'd love to know how you manage such great macros on the TZ7.

Dave

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barbarahirst
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1 Dec 2011 - 8:09 AM

my star for you today ! Smile

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Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
1 Dec 2011 - 8:13 AM

An excellent set Carol - getting to grips now with the pano

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Gray_ina
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1 Dec 2011 - 8:16 AM

Hi Carol, what a great set, glad to see you are back on the pano, regards gray.

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Mavis
Mavis e2 Member 12143 forum postsMavis vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
1 Dec 2011 - 8:33 AM

A marvellous set with the new camera . Each one worth a front page . Great write up too xxx

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saeidNL
saeidNL  5 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
1 Dec 2011 - 8:50 AM

WOOOO
What great and fantastic set of image,Carol,V1 is my favorite,
saeid

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CaroleS
CaroleS e2 Member 439 forum postsCaroleS vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
1 Dec 2011 - 9:21 AM

Great set Carol! V5 gives a lovely view of its body and those wings!! Carole

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accipiter
accipiter e2 Member 5accipiter vcard England57 Constructive Critique Points
1 Dec 2011 - 9:22 AM

Carol I believe this is one of the best sets you have had on for some time - this despite the fact that the previous sets were brilliant. Superb. A

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annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 3188 forum postsannettep38 vcard France32 Constructive Critique Points
1 Dec 2011 - 9:23 AM

a fine, very interesting set. I love the pose in no 2 and 3 where you show his horse-shaped head.

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dmhuynh72
dmhuynh72 e2 Member 628 forum postsdmhuynh72 vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
1 Dec 2011 - 9:24 AM

i like the wings, amazinf capture all of them carol.
regards
Yung

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susanbarton
1 Dec 2011 - 9:50 AM

Fabulous detail Carol

Susan

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ringyneck
ringyneck  8308 forum posts United Kingdom18 Constructive Critique Points
1 Dec 2011 - 9:59 AM

All weird and wonderful.
The close up on V2 my fave.

Keith

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Delbon
Delbon  6 England
1 Dec 2011 - 10:12 AM

Fantastic set of images - beautiful Macro - superb - pleased to see you are producing some really cracking shots with the Panny

Del

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gingerdelight
1 Dec 2011 - 10:26 AM

Superbly detailed images here Carol, especially Vs 1 and 5. Great info too!
Carol

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sparrowhawk
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1 Dec 2011 - 10:33 AM

absolutely first class in every aspect

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Growmore
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1 Dec 2011 - 10:33 AM

Great set with excellent detail, love the V2 shot it's superb Carol. Gary

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TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
1 Dec 2011 - 10:44 AM

Simply stunning, Carol Smile What a nose that he's got - and antennae, too Smile So hard to pick a fave, they're all so brilliant Wink
Trev Smile

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lonely_oryx
lonely_oryx e2 Member 761 forum postslonely_oryx vcard England54 Constructive Critique Points
1 Dec 2011 - 10:50 AM

Excellent light and detail, especially #2 and #5

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TonyDy
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1 Dec 2011 - 11:13 AM

Superb set, Carol, great detail.
Tony

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EAS
EAS  5 Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
1 Dec 2011 - 11:28 AM

Excellent!

Ann

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achieverswales
1 Dec 2011 - 11:29 AM

A cracking set and write up Carol, must go for V2 but all excellent!

Regards

Trev.

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EMJAYCEE
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1 Dec 2011 - 11:33 AM

Brilliant set Carol.
Joan.

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digital_boi
1 Dec 2011 - 11:41 AM

great set Carol any one could stand out on its own V2 if anything is justs a natts whisker ahead love the detail in all

Graham GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 64838 forum postsSlowSong vcard England29 Constructive Critique Points
1 Dec 2011 - 11:55 AM

What a strange beastie, and your write up is very interesting as usual.
Chris

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FeatherFriend
FeatherFriend e2 Member 733 forum postsFeatherFriend vcard England217 Constructive Critique Points
1 Dec 2011 - 12:14 PM

Very good set indeed Carol, like them all but V1 is a wise choice to lead with Wink
Geoff.

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Joline
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1 Dec 2011 - 12:45 PM

V2 is especially amazing.....and a most informative write-up. Incredible close-ups.

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Daisymaye
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1 Dec 2011 - 1:18 PM

Excellent detailed captures Carol..........Sandy

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danbrann
danbrann e2 Member 10497 forum postsdanbrann vcard 15 Constructive Critique Points
1 Dec 2011 - 2:09 PM

Too much information Carol.It doesn't make it sound like a cute little insect to me but those images are absolutely fabulous.

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PattiW
PattiW e2 Member 9PattiW vcard United States2 Constructive Critique Points
1 Dec 2011 - 2:13 PM

Splendid set of images of this lovely little beastie. No chance for any beasties out and about here this morning, 22' ! Patti Smile

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prabhusinha
prabhusinha e2 Member 6prabhusinha vcard India3 Constructive Critique Points
1 Dec 2011 - 2:43 PM

V 1,3 & 5 are superb.

Mam my last upload could be a Convolvulaceae . family

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posty57
posty57  6 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
1 Dec 2011 - 3:27 PM

Glad these are with you and not here...but you turn them into an art form. Another brilliant collection. Wink

Barry

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moiral
moiral e2 Member 4moiral vcard Scotland
1 Dec 2011 - 4:34 PM

Superb set of shots Carole and V2 steals the show for me. Interesting narrative too. Moira

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JN_CHATELAIN_PHOTOGRAPHY
1 Dec 2011 - 5:28 PM

Bravo!!!!!!!
JNC

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pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8831 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1638 Constructive Critique Points
1 Dec 2011 - 5:39 PM

Wow, amazing set. V2 is my favourite.

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jonwebber
jonwebber  6 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
1 Dec 2011 - 5:39 PM

What red eyes they have! Or is it a reflection of my own I wonder. Excellent pictures as ever.
jon

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RTDS
RTDS  6 Cyprus
1 Dec 2011 - 6:25 PM

Superb set of captures Carol.
Well worth the awards.
Robert

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tomcat
tomcat e2 Member 96182 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
1 Dec 2011 - 6:37 PM

Evenin' Carol - I'm getting laterSmile

What a super quintet of images


Adrian

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Lillian
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1 Dec 2011 - 7:02 PM

That 'toy' of yours is giving supper images..with your help as well Carol
V5 outstanding
all deserving the awards..well done
Lillian

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Silverzone
1 Dec 2011 - 7:07 PM

Superb set. View 2 is my favourite. Having a flustrating time with new IT equipment and understand the expression about old dogs and new tricks! Yesterdays collection of pictures was beautiful. Sylvia

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vandalp
vandalp  7
1 Dec 2011 - 8:21 PM

Brillant set Carol, V2 for me great detail.
Vanda

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bricurtis
bricurtis e2 Member 91929 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
1 Dec 2011 - 8:50 PM

I think V1 shows the best detail here Carol.
Brian.

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Peagreen
Peagreen  4 England1 Constructive Critique Points
1 Dec 2011 - 9:17 PM

Fantastic set, Carol. Brilliant detail and very interesting and informative write up, thank you. Like them allSmile
Take care, Pauline

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sweetpea62
sweetpea62 e2 Member 4sweetpea62 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
1 Dec 2011 - 11:37 PM

A brilliant set Carol all great,but love V2.well done..Lin

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srikanta
srikanta  6 India
2 Dec 2011 - 1:54 AM

Good details,Fine shot.

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jaktis
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2 Dec 2011 - 5:31 AM

What to say, so great captures

Peter

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LexEquine
LexEquine  8 United States19 Constructive Critique Points
2 Dec 2011 - 10:11 PM

Outstanding & Stunning Set of Macro Images, Carol,...very deserving of the two UA's.

'All are Superb,...but v2,'...is a real Cracker!'

Have a great Weekend~ Smile

~ Peter

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8247 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
3 Dec 2011 - 5:09 PM

Fantastic detail in this set Carol, I'm lichen them all very much

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evelen
evelen  10 England
4 Dec 2011 - 6:17 PM

excellent captures carol.
eve.

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brownsilent
brownsilent e2 Member 7brownsilent vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
7 Dec 2011 - 9:56 PM

they are really ugly, but if you take their pictures, even they look nicer! Smile
Johanna

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