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or scorpion fly  (skôr′pē-ən-flī′)
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.
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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.
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The family Necrotauliidae was erected by Handlirsch [7], who described the genus Necrotaulius with seven species, five of which were new, plus two British species named by Giebel [8] that were transferred from the mecopteran (scorpionfly) genus Orthophlebia, and the genus Mesotrichopteridium with one species, M.
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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.