The 11th in our new challenge layout catering for all aspects of nature for us nature lovers.
The challenge theme is at the end of the title.
For this challenge please add your images of SCORPIONFLIES.
> Mecoptera is from the Greek word, Meco meaning long and ptera meaning wings.
> Mecoptera is an order of insects with about 550 species in nine families 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.
> The Bittacidae, or hangingflies, are a prominent family of elongate insects known for their elaborate mating rituals, in which females choose mates based on the quality of gift prey offered by various males.
> While modern mecoptera are overwhelmingly predators or consumers of dead organisms, early ones might have played an important role before the evolution of other insects in pollinating extinct gymnosperms.
> DNA evidence indicates that fleas, which are traditionally considered a separate order (Order Siphonaptera), are instead highly specialized Mecoptera. Grouped together with the fleas, Mecoptera would have about 3000 known species.
Information courtesy of Wikipedia
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1st place member will be become a featured member.
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