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By CarolG  
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.

Tags: Wildlife Nature Macro General Close-up Close-up and macro Scorpionfly Wildlife and nature

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RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
1 Dec 2011 6:24AM
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.

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Andysnapper 9 109 25 England
1 Dec 2011 6:31AM
I agree with Ronnie, great shots and an interesting read.


Glyn1 8 4 1 England
1 Dec 2011 6:55AM
Great series Carol, amazing detail. My preference is V2.

cjl47 10 4 3 England
1 Dec 2011 7:01AM
As always quite brilliant.
LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
1 Dec 2011 7:04AM
Love these beasties Carol, another lot to look out for when I am in Spain. 1&2 for me today.
SUE118 Plus
9 8 1 United Kingdom
1 Dec 2011 7:17AM
An interesting bug and what a gentle looking face.
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
1 Dec 2011 7:42AM
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.

barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
1 Dec 2011 8:09AM
my star for you today ! Smile
Ray42 10 3 England
1 Dec 2011 8:13AM
An excellent set Carol - getting to grips now with the pano
1 Dec 2011 8:16AM
Hi Carol, what a great set, glad to see you are back on the pano, regards gray.
Mavis Plus
16 143 2 England
1 Dec 2011 8:33AM
A marvellous set with the new camera . Each one worth a front page . Great write up too xxx
saeidNL 8 3 Netherlands
1 Dec 2011 8:50AM
What great and fantastic set of image,Carol,V1 is my favorite,
CaroleS Plus
7 433 3 United Kingdom
1 Dec 2011 9:21AM
Great set Carol! V5 gives a lovely view of its body and those wings!! Carole
1 Dec 2011 9:22AM
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
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
1 Dec 2011 9:23AM
a fine, very interesting set. I love the pose in no 2 and 3 where you show his horse-shaped head.
dmhuynh72 10 44 3 United Kingdom
1 Dec 2011 9:24AM
i like the wings, amazinf capture all of them carol.
susanbarton 10 11 1 United Kingdom
1 Dec 2011 9:50AM
Fabulous detail Carol

ringyneck 11 315 18 United Kingdom
1 Dec 2011 9:59AM
All weird and wonderful.
The close up on V2 my fave.

Delbon 10 4 England
1 Dec 2011 10:12AM
Fantastic set of images - beautiful Macro - superb - pleased to see you are producing some really cracking shots with the Panny

gingerdelight 11 298 11 United Kingdom
1 Dec 2011 10:26AM
Superbly detailed images here Carol, especially Vs 1 and 5. Great info too!
1 Dec 2011 10:33AM
absolutely first class in every aspect
1 Dec 2011 10:33AM
Great set with excellent detail, love the V2 shot it's superb Carol. Gary
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
1 Dec 2011 10:44AM
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
lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
1 Dec 2011 10:50AM
Excellent light and detail, especially #2 and #5
TonyDy Plus
9 10 3 United Kingdom
1 Dec 2011 11:13AM
Superb set, Carol, great detail.
EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
1 Dec 2011 11:28AM

achieverswales 7 8 101 Wales
1 Dec 2011 11:29AM
A cracking set and write up Carol, must go for V2 but all excellent!


9 10 10 England
1 Dec 2011 11:33AM
Brilliant set Carol.
1 Dec 2011 11:41AM
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

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SlowSong Plus
9 7.3k 30 England
1 Dec 2011 11:55AM
What a strange beastie, and your write up is very interesting as usual.
FeatherFriend 10 38 217 England
1 Dec 2011 12:14PM
Very good set indeed Carol, like them all but V1 is a wise choice to lead with Wink
Joline Plus
11 30 53 United States
1 Dec 2011 12:45PM
V2 is especially amazing.....and a most informative write-up. Incredible close-ups.
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
1 Dec 2011 1:18PM
Excellent detailed captures Carol..........Sandy
danbrann Plus
13 637 17
1 Dec 2011 2:09PM
Too much information Carol.It doesn't make it sound like a cute little insect to me but those images are absolutely fabulous.
PattiW 12 24 2 United States
1 Dec 2011 2:13PM
Splendid set of images of this lovely little beastie. No chance for any beasties out and about here this morning, 22' ! Patti Smile
1 Dec 2011 2:43PM
V 1,3 & 5 are superb.

Mam my last upload could be a Convolvulaceae . family
posty57 10 6 2 United Kingdom
1 Dec 2011 3:27PM
Glad these are with you and not here...but you turn them into an art form. Another brilliant collection. Wink

moiral 7 12 Scotland
1 Dec 2011 4:34PM
Superb set of shots Carole and V2 steals the show for me. Interesting narrative too. Moira
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2008 United Kingdom
1 Dec 2011 5:39PM
Wow, amazing set. V2 is my favourite.
jonwebber 9 4 1 United Kingdom
1 Dec 2011 5:39PM
What red eyes they have! Or is it a reflection of my own I wonder. Excellent pictures as ever.
RTDS 9 Cyprus
1 Dec 2011 6:25PM
Superb set of captures Carol.
Well worth the awards.
tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
1 Dec 2011 6:37PM
Evenin' Carol - I'm getting laterSmile

What a super quintet of images

Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
1 Dec 2011 7:02PM
That 'toy' of yours is giving supper images..with your help as well Carol
V5 outstanding
all deserving the awards..well done
Silverzone 10 2 England
1 Dec 2011 7:07PM
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
vandalp 10
1 Dec 2011 8:21PM
Brillant set Carol, V2 for me great detail.
bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
1 Dec 2011 8:50PM
I think V1 shows the best detail here Carol.
Peagreen 7 1 1 England
1 Dec 2011 9:17PM
Fantastic set, Carol. Brilliant detail and very interesting and informative write up, thank you. Like them allSmile
Take care, Pauline
1 Dec 2011 11:37PM
A brilliant set Carol all great,but love V2.well done..Lin
2 Dec 2011 1:54AM
Good details,Fine shot.
jaktis 14 84 Sweden
2 Dec 2011 5:31AM
What to say, so great captures

LexEquine 11 19 United States
2 Dec 2011 10:11PM
Outstanding & Stunning Set of Macro Images, Carol,...very deserving of the two UA's.

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

Have a great Weekend~ Smile

~ Peter
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
3 Dec 2011 5:09PM
Fantastic detail in this set Carol, I'm lichen them all very much
evelen 13 5 England
4 Dec 2011 6:17PM
excellent captures carol.
brownsilent 11 7 2 United Kingdom
7 Dec 2011 9:56PM
they are really ugly, but if you take their pictures, even they look nicer! Smile

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