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Panorpa communis This is a stack of a male scorpionfly (about 30 pictures). This of corse was a dead specimen caught in a horsefly trap. Normally i don't do a lot of big stack photography on dead critters, but this was something (i think) really worth doing a big stack on.  Common scorpionfly,Geotagged,Netherlands,Panorpa communis,Scorpion Fly,Summer Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Panorpa communis

This is a stack of a male scorpionfly (about 30 pictures). This of corse was a dead specimen caught in a horsefly trap. Normally i don't do a lot of big stack photography on dead critters, but this was something (i think) really worth doing a big stack on.

    comments (3)

  1. Wonderful, I think these are remarkable insects, never seen one this close! I'm wondering if you also did a macro of this unique tail? Posted 3 years ago
    1. Thanks for the comment! I never did one of the tail, actually never thought about doing that. I am always a sort of
      focused on the eyes of different insects. But when i get the chance this year i will try.
      Posted 3 years ago
  2. It's ''impossible'' to identify a Panorpa just looking to its head :)

    Most of the keys for Panorpidae are based on male characteres... such as the shape of the abdominal S6, the relative size of hypovalves (male genitalia), subsquently wing patterns, and so on... (in French: http://www.insecte.org/forum/cle-simplifiee-et-synthese-sur-les-panorpes-males-vt28338.html)

    In Europe, we don't have a great number of species, when compared to other countries, but the world list is quite something, and almost all of them are quite alike each other - http://www.insecte.org/forum/cle-simplifiee-et-synthese-sur-les-panorpes-males-vt28338.html

    Cheers*
    Posted 3 years ago, modified 3 years ago

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''Panorpa communis'', the common scorpionfly, is a species of scorpionfly native to Western Europe.

Similar species: Scorpionflies And Allies
Species identified by JHoppenbrouwers
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Uploaded Mar 29, 2016. Captured Sep 1, 2014 15:40 in Barteweg 3, 4751 VH Oud Gastel, Netherlands.
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  • f/1.0
  • 1/250s
  • ISO250