AppearanceThe common scorpionfly has a black and yellow body, with a reddish head and tail. The male has a pair of claspers at the end of its tail , giving it a scorpion-like appearance, although it is not a stinger. The adult insect has a wingspan of about 35 millimetres , with wings that are mostly clear, but have many dark spots or patches. Its head, mounted with large eyes, is drawn into a prominent, downward pointing beak, which opens at the tip of its head.
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