Panorpidae


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Related to Panorpidae: Boreidae
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Noun1.Panorpidae - a family of insects of the order Mecoptera
Mecoptera, order Mecoptera - an order of carnivorous insects usually having long membranous wings and long beaklike heads with chewing mouths at the tip
scorpion fly - any of various mecopterous insects of the family Panorpidae of the northern hemisphere having a long beak and long antennae; males have a tail like that of a scorpion except it is not venomous
family - (biology) a taxonomic group containing one or more genera; "sharks belong to the fish family"
References in periodicals archive ?
Somma, "New collections and record for earwigflies and scorpionflies (Mecoptera: Meropeidae and Panorpidae) in Florida," Insecta Mundi, vol.
Panorpa (Mecoptera: Panorpidae) scorpionflies: systems for understanding resource-defense polygyny and alternative male reproductive efforts.
We see the oldest records of such insects as seed weevils (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Bruchinae), sweat bees (Hymenoptera: Halictidae), and panorpid scorpionflies (Mecoptera: Panorpidae) (Archibald and Mathewes 2000; Engel and Archibald 2003); and the earliest salmonid fish (Wilson and Li 1999).
The most speciose families are Panorpidae and Bittacidae, which contain 90% of the species within this order (Byers and Thornhill, 1983; Dunford and Somma, 2008), while the family Meropeidae consists of two species (Byers, 1973; Dunford et al., 2008).