Male Scorpion Fly.

What an awesome beastie! From Charly: Dramatic looking but harmless insect. And it was moving all the time, wandering out of focus and turning around at the precisely wrong moment – like they all do. Pictures made with the help of a diy flash-light diffuser. Click for full size!

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  1. Kengi says

    It’s macro day at the Caine Corral. Wonderful little critter. I didn’t even know such a thing existed.

  2. says

    Kengi, I knew during my studies, then forgot over last twenty years, and now I re-discovered the species through the camera lens. When I saw them, I thought to myself “scorpion fly would be a fitting name for these” and later I found that in English that is indeed their name.

  3. Ice Swimmer says

    Interesting looking insect. This one wouldn’t be believable if it were fictional.

  4. voyager says

    Those wings look pretty strong and highly textured. I wonder what it eats with that mouth.

  5. says

    @voyager, according to my library it injects dead or injured insects with digestive fluids and then sucks the digested juices. Sounds yummy, doesn’t it?

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