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Scorpion fly - Panorpa communis

By Mike_Young
Morning all,

Thanks to all for looking at my last Dragonfly upload, your votes and comments are much appreciated. A special shout to Steve and Fred who kindly awarded my image.

Today I suspect this will be a "marmite" image (you either love it or hate it) I hope it doesn't traumatise those of you not keen on insects..
This is quite a small creature easily overlooked, it is harmless to humans. This one is a male , the formidable looking tail is actually used in mating not as a "stinger"

Tags: Insect Close-up and macro Scorpion fly Panorpa communis Wildlife and nature

Voters: ImageProducer, Toobi_Won, madbob and 41 more

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Fantastic detail.Wink
Toobi_Won 9 77 8 England
4 Sep 2018 9:51AM
Fabulous image Mike
chavender Plus
10 483 1 France
4 Sep 2018 10:04AM
Amazing image Mike, together with interesting info.
Shows the almost unlimited variation of insects

4 Sep 2018 10:17AM
Superb images Mike, I can't say i have heard of this before.

clicknimagine Plus
11 771 104 India
4 Sep 2018 10:38AM
beautiful capture...
4 Sep 2018 10:50AM
Excellent capture
TonyDy Plus
12 52 3 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2018 10:55AM
Great shot, Mike.
Owdman Plus
5 6 19 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2018 10:58AM
Fascinating creatures insects, I enjoyed a series of wonderful lectures on the QM2 by Professor George McGavin and my young son who was sat next to me from then was determined to go into science. The joys of entomology, fascinating creatures. My award Mike.
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2018 11:10AM
What a beastie !!! I'd love to see one for real one day...
Excellent images
Isabel GrinGrin
CaroleS Plus
10 442 3 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2018 11:11AM
They are small, a very good shot with such good detail.
4 Sep 2018 1:20PM
Great macro photography.
Fefe Plus
9 54 36 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2018 3:01PM
Excellent detail, love the colours!
4 Sep 2018 3:30PM
Stunning capture. Great image.
viscostatic 14 49 9 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2018 5:54PM
Beautiful light in these excellent macro images.

taggart Plus
16 47 14 United States
4 Sep 2018 7:49PM
That IS an evil tail! super sharp and vivid!
4 Sep 2018 8:28PM
Superb shots Mike. I think they are wonderful. They look as though they could be evil but as you say harmless. Cathy

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