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Scorpion Fly

The Scorpion Fly feeds on dead insects and frequently steals the contents of spiders' webs. It lives up to its name by sporting a scorpion-like tail, which the male uses in courtship displays. Adults usually mate at night, but mating can be a dangerous game for the male, who might easily be killed by the female. So he presents her with a nuptial gift of a dead insect or a mass of saliva to placate her.

Scorpion Fly

The Scorpion Fly feeds on dead insects and frequently steals the contents of spiders' webs. It lives up to its name by sporting a scorpion-like tail, which the male uses in courtship displays. Adults usually mate at night, but mating can be a dangerous game for the male, who might easily be killed by the female. So he presents her with a nuptial gift of a dead insect or a mass of saliva to placate her.

comments (21)

  • Ray
  • United States
  • 29 Mar 2017, 00:18
A very handsome character!
Lisl: Quite showy, Ray
  • Martine
  • France
  • 29 Mar 2017, 01:53
Joli macro. Son nom n'est guère engageant.
Lisl: I agree, but it won't sting!
Thats a scary little beast, Elisabeth...Good shot of it though.
Lisl: The female certainly is; and thank you
Gorgeous. It looks wonderful on that deep green leaf.
Lisl: These are quite small creatures, and it was good for me to get to see the detail, thank you
It is an interesting thing, Lisl! I hope Frank doesn't get any idea's... smile
Lisl: Perhaps I shouldn't have made that commentary, Elizabeth!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 29 Mar 2017, 06:19
There's a lot of strangeness out there Lisl. Imagine being placated by a mass of saliva..
Lisl: Whatever it takes, Chris!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 29 Mar 2017, 06:56
A great image and very fine information! I agree with Chris - very strange!
Lisl: Thank you, Philine. These Scorpion Flies always fascinate me, especially when the "tail" is up
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 29 Mar 2017, 07:49
I have never really understood this love thing; seems to be a lot of ungrateful females out there regardless of species.
Lisl: I think you may be right, Alan!
He lives life on the edge. Cracking picture Lisl
Lisl: Thank you very much, Bill
This is worse than horror films Lisl.
Lisl: Real life is, Chad!
jolie prise!!! amitiés
Lisl: Merci bien. Amitiés
  • JMS*
  • Thailande
  • 29 Mar 2017, 08:42
On ne peut pas dire qu'il soit le plus beau des papillon... ce qui n'enlève rien à  la qualité du document.
Lisl: Not beautiful, but quite striking, perhaps?
Your capture is superb Lisl, I like this Scorpion fly
Lisl: Thank you so much, Marie - isn't he smart?
  • jpla
  • Anjou
  • 29 Mar 2017, 09:47
Jamais rencontré cet insecte
JP
Lisl: We have them in England, but this one was taken in Hungary
We chaps know all about keeping the better half placated- or else !!
Lisl: Ah - very sensible!
I have never heard of this creature. Nice shot of the pretty insect.
Lisl: Apparently they are related to fleas, Mary. Thank you
Ray has a rival for the best insect photographer these days, this is terrific, and so is the information.
Lisl: That is a very encouraging comment, thank you, Brian
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 29 Mar 2017, 15:54
What a stunning picture of an impressive looking insect. Are they native to the UK Lisl?
Lisl: They are indeed, Anne, and I have several pictures taken locally. But this one was taken in Hungary
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 29 Mar 2017, 16:36
Interesting insect - imagine placating someone with a pitcher full of saliva - humans will get riled up smile Great shot.
Lisl: What a thought, Louis! Thank you
I see that there are three species in the UK - but I don't recall ever having seen one!
Lisl: I normally see them in damp areas like the Somerset Levels or along rivers, Tom
A mass of saliva is a fun thing for a first date...
Lisl: It obviously works, Larry!

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