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Scorpionflies and hangingflies

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 Panorpa vulgaris
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Tree from Willmann (1987)
Containing group: Endopterygota

Other Names for Mecoptera


Dallai, R., P. Lupetti, B. A. Afzelius, et al. 2003. Sperm structure of Mecoptera and Siphonaptera (Insecta) and the phylogenetic position of Boreus hyemalis. Zoomorphology 122(4): 211-220.

Whiting, M. F. 2002. Mecoptera is paraphyletic: multiple genes and phylogeny of Mecoptera and Siphonaptera. Zoologica Scripta 31(1): 93-104.

Willman, R. 1987. The phylogenetic system of the Mecoptera. Systematic Entomology 12(4): 519-524.

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Scientific Name Bittacus chlorostigma
Location Nevada Co., California, U.S.A.
Comments Hangingfly
Life Cycle Stage Adult
Copyright © 2005 Alex Wild
Panorpa vulgaris
Scientific Name Panorpa vulgaris
Comments Scorpionfly
Specimen Condition Live Specimen
Sex Male
Life Cycle Stage Adult
Size 12 mm
Copyright © 2001-2005 Benoit Martha
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