29, 2007 - Timber Creek Park, O'Fallon, St. Clair County, Illinois
A Web Page by Roy Beckemeyer
Last Updated 1 June 2007
Mecoptera: Panorpidae: Panorpa sp.;
Background, Right and Below Left: A female Panorpa species
scorpionfly (Mecoptera: Panorpidae). These insects were fairly commonly
seen on leaves from 6 inches to 30 inches above the ground in shade both in and
on the margin of wooded areas of the park. They were easily disturbed, and
when I got too close, they would fly a short distance to another leaf.
Right Below: A male Panorpa species. I could not get close
enough to this male to get a good lateral view of the terminalia; the genital
appendages are upturned and reminiscent of the upturned abdomen of a scorpion,
hence the common name Scorpionfly. I saw at least 6 separate females and
photographed 3 of them. However, I saw and photographed only this single
Below Left: Another view of a female Panorpa sp.