Snow scorpionflies

1 hese dark brown or black insccts do not fly, although their long middle and hindlegs allow them to jump short distances. The wings are reduced and hooklike in the males, and scalelike in the females.

• LIFE CYCLE Eggs arc laid in moss. The adults and larvae of this family mainly feed on mosses and lichens.

• Occi JRRENCE Northern Hemisphere, in cold, mountainous areas. They occur on snow, in mosses, and under stones, but arc quite rare.

distinctive, downward-> pointing head ovipositor distinctive, downward-> pointing head ovipositor

Larvae are cylindrical and caterpillar-like, with well-developed thoracic legs.

ho reus brumalis is seen here mating on the surface of snow. This is the most common snow scorpionfly in the northeastern I IS.

Length i/)6_y16¡n (2-5 m m), most %-Yu, in (3-5mm)

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0rder MECOPTERA

Family PanORPIDAE

No. of species j^q

broad white bands on formings

slender antennae genitalia

Panorpa numaus is a large, distinctive North American species with striking white bands across both pairs of wings.

< panorpa eugl br is is common in parts of North America. The males of this large species are bigger than the females.

brown wings with white patches upturned, swollen genitals in male

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