scorpionfly


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scor·pi·on·fly

or scorpion fly  (skôr′pē-ən-flī′)
n.
1. A mecopterous insect of the family Panorpidae, having an elongated beak and in the male of most species a curved genital structure that resembles the sting of a scorpion.
2. Any mecopterous insect; a mecopteran.

scor′pi•on•fly`

or scor′pion fly`,



n., pl. -flies.
any of several harmless insects of the order Mecoptera, the male of certain species having a reproductive structure resembling the stinger of a scorpion.
[1660–70]
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2010, A revision of the scorpionfly family Holcorpidae (Mecoptera), with description of a new species from Early Eocene McAbee, British Columbia, Canada: Annales de la Societe Entomologique de France, v.
berthei, perhaps functioning similar to the crotchets of Lepidoptera, is attributable to an expression pattern of the Distal-less gene that regulates early developmental expression of abdominal appendages throughout basal clades of Holometabola (Labandeira and Santiago-Blay, 2002), similar to abdominal structures found in extant scorpionfly and sawfly caterpillars.
All the scorpionfly specimens have long, siphonlike mouthparts capable of sucking liquids.